elsa mora

Gasp! Delicate, bizarre, and beautifully made … yep, that describes the work of Cuban born, US based artist Elsa Mora. Elsa does all sorts of things – from ceramics to painting – but she is also a master of paper! These images are just a small sampling of her series, titled “One Hundred and One Notions”. I’ll hand it over to Elsa for the explanation:

“This series is about perception, and it consists of one hundred and one small paper sculptures, each of them representing a mental disorder. Along the process of creating these pieces, I did research about the different mental disorders, some of which I had never heard of. For example, Fregoli delusion is a rare disorder in which a person holds a delusional belief that different people are in fact a single person who changes appearance or is in disguise. This installation is an homage to the human mind and the endless ways in which it expresses itself. It is about the darkness, light, and mysteries of our human condition.” 

Beautiful. And in case you’re wondering, Fregoli Delusion is the peanut-looking piece up there!

ps. Elsa, her work, and her story are in the follow-up / evolution to A BIG IMPORTANT ART BOOK, which will be released in the Fall of 2019!

comments (4)

  1. Kristi Kohut /// 03.25.2019 /// 5:42am

    These are so incredible!! Thanks for sharing her work 😉

  2. the jealous curator /// 03.25.2019 /// 1:07pm

    my pleasure – she’s very easy to write about!

  3. Jennifer Whitten /// 03.30.2019 /// 3:30am

    I LOVE Elsa’s work and love the concept that inspired this series! So, so, so good!

  4. Karen DeShazo /// 03.30.2019 /// 7:08am

    I am totally overwhelmed by Elsa’s work and the concept. It continues to prove to me that art is everywhere. I am not a professional artist but grew up in a family with a father who was and encouraged us to draw. I love working with paper (collage, origami, quilling) and Elsa’s use of paper is fascinating. Thank you for sharing.