Elise Nguyen Quoc, born in 1994 in Trappes (France), is laureate of the Thaddeus Ropac price (July 2021). Inspired by the Japanese iconography from the 50’s to the 90’s, Elise Nguyen Quoc builds collages in which she damages the images by dissecting them and recombining the remaining fragments. The resulting patchwork is then translated into painting on usually wide canvases. The artwork, defined by the repetition of patterns and a form of automatism and omnipresence of the line, becomes as provided with a second skin. The universes born from this process are familiar, significant and sensible but deprived of gravity, space or hierarchy.
Elise Nguyen Quoc