Odonchimeg Davaadorj

Odonchimeg Davaadorj

Odonchimeg Davaadorj, How to carry your own landscape, 2024, watercolor on paper, 29.5 x 42 cm


Odonchimeg Davaadorj


Odonchimeg Davaadorj has been working in portraiture since the beginning of her career, exploring the complexity of the human soul in her delicate drawings with their distinctive palette. While her works represent the living world, they are infused with a unique hybridity inspired by her Mongolian roots. For her series of portraits, she was inspired by a quote from Agnès Varda: “If we opened people, we would find landscapes”.


The portraits reveal inner landscapes with emotional suggestions and small-scale scenes that provide glimpses into each person’s life. Davaadorj explains: “Representing anonymous faces, trying to make them inhabited, to give them a soul, telling a story with the features of their faces and getting those faces to convey an emotion are all things I’m particularly interested in at the moment.” The artist often employs sharp, broad brushstrokes to create a tangible texture in her works.


In her practice Davaadorj incorporates the notions of ecology, environment, nature and living beings. Sometimes there seem to be no boundaries between humans, plants and animals. Everything is interconnected, symbioses take shape or give rise to new organisms that defy all manner of classification.


The medium Davaadorj uses is mainly watercolour and ink on paper, however she easily transports her figures to the medium of textile, ceramics or installation. “The main thing I try to evoke through my art is the links: links between humans, between humans and nature, between nature and animals etc. We essentially depend on each other and each living being is part of this ecosystem. However, those links are fragile, just like the threads that I use to connect different living beings in my drawings.” By pushing the boundaries of verbal communication, Davaadorj’s art invites a subjective and personal interpretation of the image.


Odonchimeg Devaadorj was born in 1990 in Mongolia and now lives and works in Paris. She studied at École nationale supérieur d’art, Paris-Cergy between 2014 and 2016 an graduated from Bohemia Institute, Czechoslovakia in 2009. Solo exhibitions in 2023 were at Museum Folkwang, Essen and at Backs\ash gallery, Paris. She recently partook in the group exhibitions at MAMAC, Nice (2023); Maison Caillebotte, Yerres (2023); l’Eté des Serpents, Arles (2022); Domaine départemental de Chamarande (2022); Âme Nue, Hamburg (2021); L’Espace de Christian Brest, Paris (2021); Centre d’art Transpalette, Bourges (2021); CAC, Meymac (2019).