This all-rounder creative flexibility allows Elmes to approach the theme of the olive tree since 2012. He will explore another facet of the significant “agro-cultural” environment by highlighting the almost sacred tree that is the olive tree. “I was born in an area of olive trees, I grew this tree that I find fascinating. How to exploit this wealth on the artistic level ?”, the artist wonders the artist, enthralled the day he had visited olive groves. The release was a real trigger, an emotional revelation that just needs to be expressed artistically. Modern techniques are used this time.
Elmes will travel for three years, between 2012-13 to 2016, throughout some regions of Kabylia, Azzazga, Bouira, Bejaia, immortalizing by photography beautiful specimens of olive trees sometimes centuries. Then comes the infographic work that will sublimate the character of the tree, highlighting the extraordinary forms of gnarled and tortured trunks, without altering their majesty : the olive tree is indeed sacred to the Kabylian mountaineer, as it is in the Mediterranean area. It certainly gives a beneficial oil blessed by the Koran in Surah Ennour ; it provides a cool shade and solid wood ; the colours of the leaves are of a green blue that can also take unexpected silver nuances. The trunk over time acquires a hardness and a dark colour of granite lava”, Elmes says. “Each individual seems to want to distinguish himself by distorting himself willingly in unlikely forms. The work of Elmes underlines its formidable tour de force, trying to discover the secret.
“What interests the artist is to penetrate the heart of forms in order to express their inner life. Because beyond the appearance of forms, it is up to us to see what the eye of the artist has perceived and say what the heart of the painter has retained”, says the poet M’hamed Hassani, the painter’s friend. Is not the olive tree an exceptional tree ? A vegetal expression of the triangle, close to the incandescent lavas of the depth of the earth, it springs towards the sky by lavishing its light on men.