Elise Morin was born in 1978 and lives and works in Paris. she is an artist with various art installation explored, but this one with cd’s caught our attention. We can’t imagine all the work behind this shiny floor.
From video art to installations, a certain affiliation with minimalism could be recognised in Elise Morin’s practice. Expressed through the accumulation of identical materials, the repetition of a motif and the close relationship between her work and the spaces they occupy.
This invented landscape was created as a thoughtful representation of the economical displacement of objects in our current society. It works to illuminate our cultural sensitization to our expanding environmental crisis.
The artwork, which covers 500 square meters, is made of 60,000 hand-sewn unsold or collected CDs. Waste Landscape is currently housed in Kunsthalie Košice, which in 2013 became the first hall of contemporary art in Slovakia. Upon seeing the space, Elise and her team immediately knew that the atypical cupola design and the arched architecture of the space would help to create the feeling of boundlessness that she needed for her installation.
Given the four walls of space that the piece resides in, there is a literal restriction to how big the piece can actually become. However, through the innovative use of lighting and music, the hills of Morin’s Waste Landscape undulate endlessly between what is infinitely small and enormous. Through the repetition of motif and material, Elise Morin has succeeded in creating a minimalist work that helps to reconsider the modern world in which we live.
The emphasis is not only on decreasing material waste and potential damage to ecosystems, but also on rethinking the complex implications of transporting, storing, and showing artwork. Elise Morin’s work offers a reassessment of landscape as a genre in contemporary art.