…something interesting about the way I shoot.
I photograph people in the sun, under clouds with other people. the ones they interact with. In places with greenery, with water. With the things they keep around them. People ready, people acting. Flux. That’s my goal anyway. People feeling the way they feel when they’re not on the spot. I’m talking about people with money and people without.
Without being a jerk, without vilifying. I try. Angling joy into what’s questionable to the masses.
Elaine Hargrove is a multimedia artist working in photography, painting, writing, and set building.
Hargrove has exhibited works alongside Deborah Willis, Kehinde Wiley, Renee Cox, Jamel Shabazz, Arlene Gottifried and studied with Eugene Richards. A portrait artist and a storyteller, Hargrove possesses a sharp sense of curiosity largely having to do with people and character. Her muses include Coney Island, NYC, Trinidad for their pageantry and color. Her work often addresses themes of the universal, the utopian, the mixing of opposites, making of pairs, and the ambiguous in a subtle and sensual manner.
Elaine curates and produces and exhibitions in alternative spaces for herself and collective artists, throughout NYC and Europe.
Elaine has shown at The Museum of Women’s Resistance, The Coney Island Museum, and the New Museum,
Educated at The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, BFA.
Elaine Lives and works in Brooklyn.