The body of work exhibited explores the relationship between a chaotic urban world and the dreamy metaphysical. Overwhelmed by this turmoil, Ellie Rokkas derives inspiration from hybrid elements, specifically those of mermaids. A city of contrasting disorder is juxtaposed against the symbol of the hybrid mermaid. The city is represented as a series of adjoined squares of various sizes and illustrates an attempt of creating boundaries of interior and exterior space interchangeably. Features of her work include: strips of film showing cryptic images of surgical equipment, profile faces repeated cyclically around the outline of the trees, and mermaids’ lungs after exposure to the city. Finally, it is suggested that time has impaired the ability to fully recollect, and as a result, creativity replaces memory gaps allowing for room to fabricate new meaning.
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