Known only as Elle, the London-based artist who tags all her work #Ellestrations, first caught my eye with her illustrative dance between realism and dreamlike drawings. Though her work started off as personal doodles, it is now growing into a varied collection of drawings that envisions black femme freedom and serves as political commentary, while also referencing a childlike nostalgia. I recently caught up with Elle as she wrapped up her debut exhibition on her home turf in South London.
“My art is the fantasy of my best life,” Elle explains. “I got a job in an office a while back, and it was the first time I’d had a job where I had to sit down all day. I was really bored and started doodling constantly, to the point where I was getting reprimanded, but I couldn’t help it!”