paper pulp mix, paper pulp, pure pigment and dye mounted on wood
11 x 12 x 2.5 in
Over the last twenty years Eleanna has developed a profound amount of research about the intersections and thresholds of painting and sculpture. Her aim is to produce a body of work that can hardly be categorized and experienced unequivocally as one of these two mediums. Since 2017, paper pulp has become the material that has better allowed her to expand this investigation, while the production, manipulation and experimentation with this substance has opened a broad field of creation for her.
Paper is not only a substrate; it is an entity and a working material in its own right. When comparing Eleanna’s work with paper pulp fibers to a painting or sculpture, her pieces are simultaneously the paint, the canvas and object. Her way of working with pulp fibers comes from an experimental, process-oriented space where she uses pulp to create touch and a sense of intimacy. Her work is haptic, tactile and introspective. Paper is living matter- it breathes, expands and shifts. Its vulnerability cannot be found in other sculptural materials, which represents a key aspect of Eleanna’s artistic and material research. The most fascinating feature of paper pulp is the duality between its factual lightness and its appeal of weightiness. Eleanna uses these deceiving aspects as devices for reclaiming attention and expanding consciousness.
The two works in the exhibition Eric Hibit Presents!, were created at Robert Rauschenberg’s studio on Captiva Island, Florida, in the summer of 2019 while Eleanana was in residency there. The works are inspired by the epic, color-rich, space-shifting, consciousness-expanding sunsets.
Eleanna Anagnos (b.1980,Evanston, IL) is a Greek-American artist and curator based in Mexico City and New York City. She investigates intersections and thresholds between painting and sculpture and shifts perceptual values through the manipulation of material hierarchies, processes, and identity. She aims to bridge the gap between the corporeal and the spiritual. Eleanna earned her MFA in Painting from the Tyler School of Art and a BA with honors and distinction from Kenyon College with a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies. Her work has been exhibited at, Monaco, Good Naked, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, High Noon Gallery, BRIC, CSPS, Unity Gallery at Maharishi University, dOGUMENTA, the SPRING BREAK ART SHOW, Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery, 68 Projects, President Clinton Projects, Kouros Gallery, Die Ausstellungsstrasse, South Bend Museum of Art, Galerie Vaclava Spaly, and the National Hellenic Museum. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Hyperallergic, Maake Magazine, and Artnet, among other publications. Eleanna has received awards from Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, The Grant Wood Art Colony, The Rauschenberg Foundation Residency, Yaddo, BAU Institute at the Camargo Foundation, The Anderson Ranch, The Atlantic Center for the Arts, and The Joan Mitchell Foundation. Eleanna has been a Co-Director at Ortega y Gasset Projects, an artist-run, non-profit gallery located in Brooklyn, NY, supporting artists from marginalized and underrepresented communities, since 2014. Her curatorial projects have been featured in The New York Times, Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, and the New York Observer.