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Elem Studio

 

She devotes herself to the creation of works imbued with sensuality and a feminist echo.

 

Léa or Elem Studio is an artist based in Montreuil who practices linocut. A real discovery only a few months ago, she has since then devoted herself to the creation of works imbued with sensuality and a feminist echo. A theme that has permeated her during years of life in Leipzig, East Germany, and which she renders today with passion.

3l3m Studio was born with the encouragement of friends and family. ɛlɛm is simply a phonetic game of "she loves" but also of LM which are her initials.

Q. Tell us about yourself and how you came to be an artist…

A. It all happened very quickly. A friend of mine excited my curiosity by explaining me this technique last December (thank you Sophie) then I found a linocut kit under the christmas tree on the 25th in the morning. I loved it right away and it was hard to stop to be honest. Linocutting is a moment for me, meditative, a kind of self-therapy that allows me to decompress and express my creativity.

 

Q. What is your creative process?

A. It's funny, but the ideas always come to me at night when I fall asleep. I draw first on my notebook; often tangled bodies, faces, plant motifs. Then I reproduce them on my lino plate that I dig out where the reliefs are drawn as the idea is developed until the final print.

 

Q. What influences you?

A. The beauty of feminine shapes and curves and nature in general. I am also interested in non-western art as well as classical sculpture and find fun in the intersection of these forms.

Q. What are your other hobbies?

A. Photography, my little Olympus is often hidden in my banana bag and accompanies me everywhere.

 

Q. If you could travel anywhere to create for a while, where would you go?

A. It may seem simple but I am very attached to my native region; I would certainly go back to where I grew up near Nancy, in the countryside.

 

Q. Describe your work in three words…

A. Sensual, Minimal, Spontaneous.

 

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