Feria Material: Eleanna Anagnos
February 9-12, 2023
“Over the last twenty years, I have put together an extensive amount of research towards the intersections and thresholds between painting, sculpture, and drawing. My aim is to produce a body of work that can hardly be categorized or be experienced unequivocally as one of these three mediums through concerns around primal memory, symbol-making, touch, ritual, color and meaning formation. Since 2017, paper pulp has become the material that has best allowed me to expand this investigation and has opened a broad field of creation for me. My way of working with paper comes from an experimental process-oriented practice, using pulp as a touchable material and to create a sense of intimacy. My process leads to work that is haptic, tactile and introspective. I create three-dimensional experiences where the work might be hung from the ceiling with monofilament so it appears to be suspended in space, or hung from the wall in such a way that it seems to be floating off it. Paper pulp is an extremely dynamic medium, however, the most fascinating feature of paper pulp is the duality between its factual lightness and it's appeal of weightiness. These deceptive or paradoxical aspects of my work can function to attract viewers’ attention and expand their awareness.” - Eleanna Anagnos
Eleanna Anagnos is a Greek-American artist and curator residing in Mexico City and New York City. She 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 nationally and internationally and has been featured in The New York Times, Hyperallergic, BOMB Magazine, Maake Magazine, and Artnet, among other publications. She 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. Since 2014, Anagnos 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. Her curatorial projects have been featured in Art in America, The New York Times, Artnet, the Brooklyn Rail, and the New York Observer.