Pictorial and Textual Thinking: Montage Exercises with Elsa-Louise Manceaux

“But by far the greater part of what is said cannot be verified”1Samuel Beckett, Company, London: Calder, 1979


For the following series of juxtapositions, I invited Elsa-Louise Manceaux to pair up some of her drawings with fragments from Samuel Beckett’s “closed space” novels as well as paragraphs from Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half Formed Thing (2015) and from Lina Meruane’s Fruta Podrida (2016). The way these writers use language and grammar – or rather, fragment them, to reduce narrative time to points and space, work in a similar way, it seemed to me, than Elsa’s abstract visual fields created by substracting and fragmenting visual forms and fields, appropriating ready-made figures and translating these perceived visibilities to her drawings. For Elsa, the pairings of images and texts work as dichotomies, as spaces between things, as anti-illustrations, openings and/or complementarity as well as contrasts.



Collected drawings by Elsa-Louise Manceaux




To be continued…

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1. Samuel Beckett, Company, London: Calder, 1979

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