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Love Language: Opening Reception

  • Spaceus 11 First Street Cambridge, MA, 02141 United States (map)

Love Language : A Solo Exhibition of Elle DioGuardi
March 4th - March 12th, 2019
Opening Reception: March 8th, 7 - 9 pm

Elle DioGuardi: Artist Statement
I am interested in reflections, both physical and psychological. With my work, I strive to create a situation in which a viewer reads a phrase and reflects on it while confronted with their own physical reflection. I draw text phrases and symbols from significant personal experiences or feelings. I create these pieces by meticulously removing part of each mirror’s reflective backing by hand, an activity which for me is both visceral and meditative, an act of admonition as well as control.

My newest body of work, “Love Languages”, is loosely inspired by the The Five Love Languages - a personality assessment tool based on the idea that every person has a preferred way of giving and receiving affection. To explore this concept of categorizing intimate moments in personal relationships, I have created a series of mirror pieces, one for each of the five love languages. A viewer can see their reflection in one mirror at a time, in turn reflecting on each “language” and its application to their own interpersonal relationships.

With my public works, I want to bring this act of contemplative reflection to strangers out in the world. I’ve created small, quiet installations in public restrooms and commuter trains using stickers of short text phrases. Each text phrase may echo an internal anxiety, a sweet memory, or a closely held fear for the viewer, and I want for each piece to be a reminder, however small, that this internal experience is universal.

Elle DioGuardi is a conceptual artist & photographer living in Boston, MA. Originally from Illinois, she has a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from the New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University, with a focus on text art, installation, photography, and gender studies. Elle works primarily with mirrors, both new and found, by etching into the back side surface of the mirrors. She also uses text, both with these mirrors and in the public sphere. Elle has a background in photography and works as a professional photographer, photo archivist, and studio assistant. More of Elle's work can be found at and @elledioguardi on Instagram

The suggested donation for this event is $5 - $15. You can make donations through Eventbrite or during the event. The exhibition will be open during normal Spaceus hours which are: Monday - Friday: 12 - 7pm and Saturday - Sunday: 12 - 4 pm.