This month at Velouria we have a show curated by the online gallery space, The Blush Room. Hannah, our events coordinator has asked some of the artists included in the show a few questions about their work & art practice. First up, Ella Ordona!
Velouria: How did you come to find photography/ what first attracted you to it?
Ella Ordona: I started photographing in high school but then came to really appreciate it during parties and social gatherings. I didn't have much formal training and started photographing friends and our lives as we were just hanging out, and every time I got images back from the lab, it was surprising to see this perfect encapsulation of a moment that was even beyond what I had anticipated. There would be things that I hadn't noticed at the time of capture: patterns, colors, even body language and facial expressions.
V: Describe your process, do you have any specific rituals or routines?
EO: Over time, I've moved towards more anticipatory rather than reactionary work and go through a process of brainstorming, journaling and collection. For each project, I keep these separate handmade journals and scribble initial ideas and sketches. Color is a huge part of my work, so I'm constantly playing around with that. Finally, I do this sort of intuitive collection of objects that are somehow tied to these images. I'll pick flowers and dry them or take posters and flyers off of walls. A lot of refrigerator and pantry space is dedicated to these cans of soda and juice that somehow remind me of the images I'm making.
My images are often reworked and I find myself being drawn to the same materials in my photographs again and again - last year, I was really obsessed with tin foil and it kept reappearing in my work.
V: Who are some artists/designers/writers/makers who inspire you?
V: If you could spend the day with one artist past or present who would it be?
EO: This one's way too hard to answer since I feel like this changes on a daily basis. Today, it's Meriem Bennani.