Elena Øhlander

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Elena Øhlander (b. 1988) is an illustrator and painter, currently working in Jacksonville, Florida. She attained her BFA in Photography in 2014, exhibiting her work at national galleries and museums.

Her focus is in illustration that explores identity, gender issues, space, individuality, and pop culture with a Japanese context. Her main influences are Taiyo Matsumoto, Hayao Miyazaki, Yayoi Kusama, and Yoshitomo Nara.



My work focuses on the subtleties of the human condition and conceptually explores identity, individuality, and gender issues through creative narrative. I utilize a contrived scenario, characterization of my own likeness and the psychology of color to build my vernacular.

There is a separation between the public and private sphere in regards to place and our interaction within. Individual autonomy and desire play a role in the female view and is much influenced by the male gaze. This, in turn, can effect both public and private domains of the female.

Through my malleable appearance, my goal is to inspire the viewer to introspection and the link to society at large.