Elisa Flowers Enters the Beautiful Void
The idea of “the void” is different for everyone. It represents an expression of depth and intrigue, mystery beyond reality. It is a place apart, a space of indulgence and escape. For some, they find their void in books, nature, or creative expression. For others they only have to turn on their TV. In photographer GL Wood’s latest collaboration with makeup artist Elisa Flowers, they explored what the void could be in the aptly titled editorial “Enter the Void.” For the series of images, their team placed the models in a dark space that is seen almost through a glass like the screen of a television. And in line with their dreamlike concept, each model wears expressive and colorful makeup.
Elisa’s work in this project highlights the surreal nature of the imagery. Graphic designs around the eyes that enhance, extend, or even obscure the natural shape of the eye and brow are almost Dadaist in their application. Bright lip shades play off unique and contrasting patterns on the cheeks. Each of these elements reflects the colored lights that hit the models’ faces, caressed by innumerable hands, as they become the object of desire in a space we cannot reach or maybe even understand. This is an illustration of the unknowable, all through the filter of exquisite beauty.