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Elena Green B. 1978
Elena Green
B. 1978
The Eye of the Day
Charcoal and pastel on paper
16 x 22 inches
Elena Green
Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City
The female archetype, 'The Mata Hari' has been depicted throughout history as the beguiler of men and possessor of supernatural abilities to overpower and seduce. My drawing 'The Eye of the Day' portrays a contemporary version of this enigmatic femme fatale icon. This mysterious woman that traveled the world and lived a very unconventional life (even by contemporary society’s standards), intrigued me. She challenged almost every 19th century social norm and value and despite her status as the world's most highly paid courtesan and exotic dancer, this position of power placed her in a politically volatile situation. Much of what has been written about her has been heavily transposed as half-truths and fictions and has helped elevate her mythological appointment as part myth / villain / hero & legend. The Mata Hari embodied the abandonment of the conservative sexual and social standards of the time and replaced it with a more liberal and progressive one.

Australian born Elena Green’s artistic journey began at the prestigious Julian Ashton Art School in the Rocks, Sydney. She was awarded the Thea Proctor Scholarship in 2007, which enabled her to focus on developing a deeper understanding of classical drawing and painting techniques. At the completion of her scholarship year, she won the Richard and Wenda Ashton prize for excellence in drawing. To extend her studies in representational painting, Elena has participated in numerous atelier-style workshops with realist painters Andrea. J. Smith, Lee Machelak, Christopher Brown and Keith Dewell. In 2011, Elena graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Art (Art). She was the recipient of several scholarships for scholastic achievement and was on the Dean’s Merit List for academic excellence.  Elena has relocated to Anguilla to undertake an apprenticeship at the Ani Art Academies under the Master tutelage of Timothy. W. Jahn.

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