Elmes deepens his research by opting for a plastic work on the triangle “which refers to the trilogy of man (body, soul and spirit), all embedded in the depth of verticality, the symbolic transmutation (…) that leads to the sensibility awake”. It will be understood that the creative dynamic of the artist borrows from alchemy as much as from spirituality, which for the mystical initiates is the same thing, both being closely linked in the process of transmutation of the body to the mind. The triangle is also the standing position adopted by primitive man, which will allow him to access civilization.
“The symbolism of three is that of the triangle that ensures continuity in everything. The symbolic function of the triangle was operational before the creation of the material and, at the same time, it is projected into the infinite”, Elmes explains, adding that, as such, another side of the art is revealed “in what I call the artistic armature of the triangle”. He notes that the triangle is in a situation of osmosis with continuity. Its graphology expresses surplus energy, verticality represents the immutable creative principle, joining Kandinsky when he states that “if art is performed perfectly, it will serve the divine”.
Triangles or diamonds, that imply feminine or masculine principles according to their orientations, are the expression of telluric or cosmic powers, vegetal or animal ones. They are the reflections of an agrarian cosmogony which explains all or almost … The square, circle and triangle allow to access a deeper truth of the universe, this language is the essence of its operation, Elmes supports.
The painting of the Triangles therefore represents for Elmes a fertile creative period characterized by two stages, that of the unique Triangle, then that of the two then three or more Triangles. The series of paintings with two Triangles designated by the generic title of “Being and appearing” offers the various possibilities of pictorial and chromatic composition reflecting a quest for liberation and freedom. The pictorial statement is essentially abstract, it requires the entire attention of the spectator and necessarily a free interpretation.
Another style, less unadorned, using the symbolism of the triangle, closer however to the traditional expression, is contained in the series “Berber motifs”. We find the fluidity of a “writing” on a background reminiscent of the walls of the Tassili frescoes. The triangle in its various forms is expressed in its contextual meanings.
The work of Elmes predominantly abstract neglects the figurative or semi-figurative form. He happily signs endearing characters like the one which animates his “African Dance”.