Élodie Merland is from the North of France. Born in Dunkirk in 1987, she joined the town's Higher School of Art after obtaining a literary baccalaureate. Following her Diplôme National d’Arts Plastiques (DNA), she moved to the south of France. She spent two years at the Toulon's Higher School of Art where in 2010 she obtained the Diplôme National Supérieur d’Expression Plastique (DNSEP). Desiring to find the typical red bricks of her native North, she goes to live for a while in Roubaix, then returned to Dunkirk where she lives today, ever closer to the sea.
In 2016, she did a two-month residence in Folkestone, UK. Since then, she has kept a close link with England, the geographical location of Dunkirk allowing her to remain close to it, just like with Belgium where she regularly participates in exhibitions.
Background noises is the name she gave to all of her work. What she evokes is above all silence, absence, lack, intimacy. Notions found in each of her works, multidisciplinary with sometimes romantic-conceptual appearances, where words have a major role. Élodie Merland poetically expresses personal emotions that speak to everyone.
“From 2009 to 2010, every Sunday for an hour, the artist Élodie Merland opened her gallery by appointment, located each time in a different district of one of the cities where she lived: Dunkirk and Toulon. A gallery of about one square meter, including a wired telephone. A phone box...” Read more
“While walking around a street corner, a word would hold our attention. A quiet intervention would disturb us discretly. We would encounter without knowing an artwork of Élodie Merland...” Read more