Manceaux Elsa-Louise


Though multidisciplinary in her projects and collaborations, the artist (1985, Paris, FR) works primarily in drawing and painting. The formal concerns present in her work evolved from Manceaux’s personal interest in and research into the history of satire, comics and illustrative humor – tracing dichotomous relations between the concepts of progress and synthesis, information and deformation, drawing and subversiveness, as the underlining scope for the way she treats the subjects present in her pictures. The titles often suggest a lead to Manceaux’ intentions: inner worlds, locations, landscapes or situations, the intengible, mental images and visions which inhabit the spirit of many of her works, mixing imaginaries whether them being historical, personal, or cibernetic. Other works have also met the problematics of painting in regards to their exhibition context, in which the artist reacts to the specificity of situation to develops pictorial strategies in order to elaborate her pictures, formats, tools and displays. Monuments, domestic or public spaces have become detonators for the work. Her artistic practice is also punctuated with collaborations, editorial projects, artist books, and lectures. Every year she edits CANICHE, a magazine of illustrations from artists around the world. In 2012 and 2013 she received a stipend from The Mondriaan Fund for emerging artists. Elsa-Louise Manceaux completed her studies at Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 2009 and later attended the SOMA artist-run program for the years 2015-2016 in Mexico City where she lives and works. Manceaux is a fellow of the BBVA-MACG Bancomer grant program 2018-2020 (MX). She has exhibited and had her work published in France, Mexico, Chile, Panama, Bolivia, Guatemala, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, India, Britain, the United States, and Iceland.