Elena De La Ville
I love everything about wax! It is texture upon texture, it is softness and smell, it is built up in layers that hide and reveal at the same time. It is the perfect medium to embellish and add dimension. I enjoy the tactile and physical aspects of working the medium. I work with heat, tools and fire. I am a beekeeper.
I am a presenter at the 6th Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA and will give a demo on Photography and Encaustic. I will also be teaching pre and post conference workshop on Photography and Encaustic at Castle Hill Center for the Arts.
Mattera, Joanne; 'Extravagant Light' catalogue essay for the
exhibition, Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in
Contemporary Encaustic. The Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA. Curated by
Michael Giaquinto. May 18 - June 23, 2013
From Joanne Mattera’s Blog: June 2012:
As long as serious artists like David A. Clark, Elena De La Ville, Jane Guthridge, Alexandre Masino, Laura Moriarty, Nancy Natale, and others from their cohort remain models of the medium, we have nothing to
worry about. Indeed, these are artists with exhibition histories and strong teaching experience. These artists represent the best of contemporary art made with the medium of wax; moreover, they offer conceptual engagement and professional involvement (many of them with a teaching history that that
extends well beyond the how-to).
My work has just been selected Beeline show at the Kobalt Gallery in Provincetown. It opened on June 3rd , 2011 coinciding with the encaustic conference.
THE HISTORY PROJECT
Elena De La Ville begins a documentary photo project at Bodyworks Gym. Images from the series are shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Caracas. Elena was one of five Venezuelan artists selected for the exhibit; the five American artists were Robert Mapplethorpe, Annie Leibowitz, Bruce Weber, Herb Ritts, and Arnold Newman.
5 X 5:
150 Anos De La Fotografia = 150 Years of Photography Leibovitz, Mapplethorpe, Newman, Slavin, Weber, Beaufrand, De La Ville, Scannone, Sigala, Vogeler
by Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Caracas and Fundacion Museo de Arte Acarigua-Araure
Elena De La Ville's encaustic panels operate beyond objective reasoning. They reach us at a visceral level; free from intellectualization. http://www.helium.com/items/471250-venezuelan-artists-elena-de-la-ville-and-armando-reveron
This group exhibition features 20 artists from across the US, selected from a group of 61 entries by Nick Capasso, Senior Curator at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Mass. Capasso selected the theme Beauty and Its Opposites to challenge participants to go beyond the beauty of the wax. DIRECTOR'S PRIZE: Elena de la Ville
Palm Beach Art
27 of November 2010 to the 26th of February 2011 – Art Museum-Araure Acarigua
A curatorial project by Rolando J. Carmona, The exhibition comprised 30 portraits of entertainers and models, with an evident and continuous attempt to represent the desire, either from the intentions of the photographer in the captured image, or the ego of the photographed object displayed as seduction.
Some of the artists included: Milton Greene / Annie Leibovitz / Malika / Edward Mapplethorpe / Robert Mapplethorpe / Herb Ritts / Margarita Scannone / Antonio Ugarte / Elena de la Ville / Guillermo Vogeler / Bruce Weber / Jenny Woodman
Encaustic Conference 2010
The Fourth Annual Encaustic Painting Conference
Saturday Morning Panel: "Making a Career in Encaustic". (From the left) Barbara Moody, Conference Director Joanne Mattera, Jane Allen Nodine, Eileen Goldenberg, Alexandre Massino, Elena De la Ville, and Montserrat Dean Laura Tonelli.
BEST FOOT FORWARD:
Elena De La Ville is a member of the Sarasota County Art Council, The Arts Center in St Petersburg, Art Center Manatee and Art Center Sarasota, where she is part of the Exhibition Committee.