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La Vouivre (The Wyvern)

$11,530

Elyn Chen

Technique: Oil painting

Size: 140 x 140 cm (55.1 x 55.1 in)

Other details: Unique work of art, no frame

About the artwork: The Vouivre (or Wyvern) is a fantastical creature, a very beautiful young woman who would sometimes perturb the collective unconscious in the Jura countryside. Marcel Aymé, the writer, and Georges Wilson, the filmmaker, have faithfully transcribed those passionate crises that sometimes stir up village communities in search of unity, to tell us that consensus is based on exclusion.

How this painting was born:

Elyn has been in France for almost ten years and has always enjoyed her life there. Her hard work has allowed her to settle in Le Luberon with the desire to limit contact with the outside world. Elyn needs to be isolated to create but also to escape the gaze of others, who are often jealous. A few months ago, she opened her heart, which had been sealed for over ten years. She fell in love and broke with her isolation. The encounter was that of two people who felt they had known each other a very long time back. They talked about history, culture, exchanged on the differences between Chinese and French cultures, expressed themselves on the mutual understanding of the cultures of both countries: love is not only about physical exchange, it is also about the exchange of souls. But that encounter gave rise to a lot of jealousy: rumors inflamed the countryside to the point that Elyn no longer dared to go out to avoid the inquisitive looks that put her whole way of being in question. That malevolence prevented Elyn from creating for ten months.
The Vouivre (or Wyvern) is a fantastical creature, a very beautiful young woman who would sometimes perturb the collective unconscious in the Jura countryside. Marcel Aymé, the writer, and Georges Wilson, the filmmaker, have faithfully transcribed those passionate crises that sometimes stir up village communities in search of unity, to tell us that consensus is based on exclusion.

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