Elisa Insua

MULTI-MEDIA Artist

Economic studies are based on a series of basic principles: one of them states that, for any given individual, “the more, the better”. My work tries to push this axiom to the limit of excess and abundance, in order to tense it, question it or even defy it.My pieces are about desire, opulence, ostentation and luxury. I apply the concept of the “hedonic treadmill” (the tendency of humans to return to a relatively stable level of happiness despite increases in wealth or the achievement of major goals) and the straight-forward myth of King Midas and his Golden Touch. Social ascent, the “American Dream”, economic inequality, endless irresponsible consumption and the effects of capitalism are also recurring themes.Although I usually draw many elements from pop culture, I’m especially inspired by the rap and hip hop universe – with its explicit lyrics and its unapologetic loads of “bling”. Gold (as an element and as a color) is also a persisting component of my work, both in relation to the sacred and the profane. In my pieces, these two are united, confronted and intertwined. The profane is sacralized and the sacred is profaned. Enrichment and accumulation appear as religious dogmas, while gods are reduced to mere commodities. Ambition appears both as a vital drive and as a fatal sin.Ultimately, through my pieces I seek to shed light on how money, as an abstract and powerful force, constantly and silently affects our behavior, as if it were the force of gravity.

Economic studies are based on a series of basic principles: one of them states that, for any given individual, “the more, the better”. My work tries to push this axiom to the limit of excess and abundance, in order to tense it, question it or even defy it.

My pieces are about desire, opulence, ostentation and luxury. I apply the concept of the “hedonic treadmill” (the tendency of humans to return to a relatively stable level of happiness despite increases in wealth or the achievement of major goals) and the straight-forward myth of King Midas and his Golden Touch. Social ascent, the “American Dream”, economic inequality, endless irresponsible consumption and the effects of capitalism are also recurring themes.

Although I usually draw many elements from pop culture, I’m especially inspired by the rap and hip hop universe – with its explicit lyrics and its unapologetic loads of “bling”. Gold (as an element and as a color) is also a persisting component of my work, both in relation to the sacred and the profane. In my pieces, these two are united, confronted and intertwined. The profane is sacralized and the sacred is profaned. Enrichment and accumulation appear as religious dogmas, while gods are reduced to mere commodities. Ambition appears both as a vital drive and as a fatal sin.

Ultimately, through my pieces, I seek to shed light on how money, as an abstract and powerful force, constantly and silently affects our behavior, as if it were the force of gravity.

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Stereo III , 2016

Readymade intervention 40 x 15 x 30 cm (15.7 x 5.9 x 11.8 in)
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The Outer Surface , 2015

Object intervention 58 x 50 x 17 cm (22.8 x 19.9 x 6.7 in)
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Treasure Hunt , 2015

Wood and acrylic structure with metal intervention 30 x 35 x 70 cm (11.8 x 13.8 x 27.6 in)
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Made in China , 2014

Assemblage on wood 125 x 150 cm (49.2 x 98.4 in)
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Superself III , 2018

Mirror and metallic objects on wood 75 x 50 cm (29.5 x 19.7 in)
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One Dollar Bill , 2014

Mixed media on wood 107 x 250 cm (42.1 x 98.4 in)
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Superself II , 2018

Mirror and metallic objects on wood 75 x 50 cm (29.5 x 19.7 in)
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Distorted Value , 2019

Metallic objects on wood 120 x 80 cm (47.2 x 31.5 in)
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For Sale , 2017

Mixed Media on wood 220 x 165 (86.6 x 65 in)
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Stairway to Heaven , 2014

Sculpture 300 x 200 x 100 (118.1 x 78.7 x 39.4 in)
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From the Gold Standard of Fame to the Fiduciary Circulation of Notoriety I , 2018

Mixed Media on wood 190 x 40 cm (74.8 x 55.2 in)
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Opulent Abstraction I , 2018

Dyptich | Metallic objects on wood 122 x 72 cm (48 x 28.3 in)
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Opulent Abstraction II , 2018

Dyptich | Metallic objects on wood 122 x 72 cm (48 x 28.3 in)
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Elisa Insua

Stereo III

2016

Readymade intervention

40 x 15 x 30 cm (15.7 x 5.9 x 11.8 in)

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Elisa Insua

The Outer Surface

2015

Object intervention

58 x 50 x 17 cm (22.8 x 19.9 x 6.7 in)

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Elisa Insua

Treasure Hunt

2015

Wood and acrylic structure with metal intervention

30 x 35 x 70 cm (11.8 x 13.8 x 27.6 in)

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Elisa Insua

Made in China

2014

Assemblage on wood

125 x 150 cm (49.2 x 98.4 in)

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Elisa Insua

Superself III

2018

Mirror and metallic objects on wood

75 x 50 cm (29.5 x 19.7 in)

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Elisa Insua

One Dollar Bill

2014

Mixed media on wood

107 x 250 cm (42.1 x 98.4 in)

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Elisa Insua

Superself II

2018

Mirror and metallic objects on wood

75 x 50 cm (29.5 x 19.7 in)

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Elisa Insua

Distorted Value

2019

Metallic objects on wood

120 x 80 cm (47.2 x 31.5 in)

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Elisa Insua

For Sale

2017

Mixed Media on wood

220 x 165 (86.6 x 65 in)

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Elisa Insua

Stairway to Heaven

2014

Sculpture

300 x 200 x 100 (118.1 x 78.7 x 39.4 in)

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Elisa Insua

From the Gold Standard of Fame to the Fiduciary Circulation of Notoriety I

2018

Mixed Media on wood

190 x 40 cm (74.8 x 55.2 in)

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Elisa Insua

Opulent Abstraction I

2018

Dyptich | Metallic objects on wood

122 x 72 cm (48 x 28.3 in)

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Elisa Insua

Opulent Abstraction II

2018

Dyptich | Metallic objects on wood

122 x 72 cm (48 x 28.3 in)

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Projects

In partnership with Corona and Voluntarios for el océano, Elisa Insua created in 2018 a sculpture from residues found on the beaches of Chile. Through this project, she wanted to share with the world an artwork that would serve as a wake-up call for responsible consumption.

2 November – 22 December 2019, Buenos Aires.
In Vanitas Virtual the artist invites us to reflect on the concept of vanity in the era of social networks, and on the relationship between the search for notoriety and economic abundance.

Last January, art gallery WE COLLECT and MTArt Agency co-hosted the exhibition Drivers for the Future, a group show curated by Olimpia Saccone featuring works by our artists Enam Gbewonyo, Elisa Insua, David Aiu, Shuster+Mosley and Adelaide Damoah. The exhibition aimed to offer a perspective on the main timely fights that the new generations are standing for, the battles that will lead to a better future.

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