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In the Studio Part III: Elle Street Art and the Lightbox

Hustler, model, street artist, and all around badass, Elle is working on more projects than we could list. While chilling with her the other week, we spotted her famed warrior wolf. Elle has been a great part of the scene for the past couple of years including making an appearance on the Centrifuge Art project and at the Bushwick Collective this past year. We learned that this warrior champions feminism and reps women in the male dominated street scene.

Warrior Wolf in Elle’s Studio (Greenpoint Brooklyn)

Warrior Wolf in Elle’s Studio (Greenpoint Brooklyn) Image Credit- Graff Tours

For years now we have noticed these feminine eyes that have covered the town. While stopping by Elle’s studio, we finally got an understanding about what these images are all about. “Women,” she explained, are in the minority in the street. She thought it was important to show a female presence. The eyes, loosely based on her own, have helped secure Elle as one of the leading street artists in the game.

Storage Closet Elle’s Studio (Greenpoint Brooklyn)

Storage Closet Elle’s Studio (Greenpoint Brooklyn) Photo Credit- Graff Tours

Elle is currently getting ready for a lightbox installation project in collaboration with Martha Cooper. The idea being that Elle will put up 30 light box street installations around the city, and then Martha will photograph the boxes in context. A lightbox will light up the streets in rainbow designs created by the intricate cutting of florescent paper. Cooper will then photograph the works on the street. The photographs and the boxes will be displayed side by side in an upcoming exhibition.

Florescent paper cut outs Elle’s Studio (Greenpoint Brooklyn)

Florescent paper cut outs Elle’s Studio (Greenpoint Brooklyn) Photo Credit- Graff Tours

The completed boxes are not much bigger than the size of a stop sign, but will make a big impact on the streets. Elle was estimating over 30 boxes will go up in the coming weeks. We want to thank Elle for her taking the time to meet with us.

Elle Light Box and Canvas, Elle’s Studio (Greenpoint Brooklyn)

Elle Light Box and Canvas, Elle’s Studio (Greenpoint Brooklyn) Photo Credit- Graff Tours

For more on Elle, check out her site or follow her on Instagram @ellestreetart.

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