ELLE’s work is evocative, alluring, lavish, outrageous, purposeful and informative. Although she began as an illegal graffiti artist in New York, ELLE is now considered one of the top touring street artists. “ELLE has created some of the most memorable walls in all streetart” - Women Street Artists, book by Xavier Tapies.
ELLE considers her paintings to be poetry. She creates stories by collaging disparate images: powerful females, flora and fauna, classical paintings juxtaposed with pop-culture and high fashion imagery, revealing a purposefully designed messages to the world. Her passion for the environment and feminism are shown in the transparency of messages throughout her pieces. ELLE’s current agenda is raising awareness of the hazards of global warming and ocean acidification affecting the world’s reefs. Her work has been exhibited in the prestigious Saatchi Gallery in London, Urban Nation Museum in Berlin, and as a two hundred foot tall projection onto the facade of the New Museum in New York. Vogue Australia featured ELLE’s recent artworks in “32 pieces of Melbourne street art to see before you die,” and her graffiti is featured in the new Tom Clancy video game: The Division. “She holds specific and hard to find creative talent which cannot be taught nor replicated”- The Taboo Group.
ELLE was approached to collaborate with sportswear brand Reebok. The brief was to take her energetic street style and apply it to clothing. The result, the 2016 ELLExReebok graffiti legging and subsequently, the 2017 ELLExReebok yoga capsule collection. ELLE was commissioned by IKEA to produce a piece that was was sold in every store worldwide. She has collaborated with the Guess Foundation, Lyft, Vice, Etnia Barcelona, Smart Car, MR Robot TV, Iceland Airwaves, TNT Entertainment and clothing companies Mishka, Mighty Healthy and more.
Elle's work has been published in the following books: "Surface" by Soren Starbird, "Outdoor Gallery" by Yoav Litvin, "The Art of Spray" by Lori Zimmer, "The Wynwood Coloring book" by Diego Orlandini, "In Heroes we Trust" by Neely, and "Street Art Today - The 50 most influential street artists," by by Bjørn van Poucke and Elise Luong, "Women Street Artists, the Complete Guide" by Ian Castello, and "Spray on Walls: Urban Adventure of Graffiti Art," by SendPoints Publishing.
ELLE is currently working with multiple organisations, brands and schools to help inspire and empower future generations, especially young women. These fall under her mantra of her "Empowering Youth for Good" initiative.
About the Artwork
This painting is created in my typical collage style. I bring together imagery to tell a poem of sorts, in this case the history of Darwin. The woman, central to the image, is a collage of aboriginal faces which represents the Larrakia people and original inhabitants of the area. One of the eyes is of a Chinese woman- representing the influx of Chinese who came over to work in Darwin during the Gold rush.
Behind the figure flies a Black Kite bird. I am fascinated by the accounts of lightning starting fires in the bush and the Black Kite picking up twigs from the fire and dropping them to spread the fires further in order to burn out food.This symbolism stands for the resilience and brilliance of the individuals and creatures who lived here, in these desert like surroundings. The woman is also surrounded by local flora- the beautiful vegetation that might be found in Australia. I hope that when one sees my image they see beauty, strength, power and pride