A Celebration of 50 Years of Women Artists at Kenyon College
"Nearly ten years ago while crisscrossing the globe on various grants and fellowships, Eleanna chose to depart from painting large-scale canvases to focus on more intimate works that could more easily be created in her “traveling” studio. This change in direction led to a series of otherworldly, three-dimensional pieces made of paper pulp and Hydrocal (a gypsum cement, stronger than traditional plaster), often incorporating pigments, glass, and/or resin. The works are subtly textured and some include repeated protrusions that are at once vegetal, geological, and bodily. They recall ancient objects—Greek and Roman relief fragments—as well as major feats of postwar abstraction, from the earthy materiality of Arte Povera to the mixed media works of Lynda Benglis, Eva Hesse, and Robert Rauschenberg. Alternately created to hang on the wall or rest on the floor, this series intentionally inhabits a middle ground between painting and sculpture speaking to the endurance of antiquity and the fragility of the present."
~Emily Florido, Associate Editor, Gagosian
Edited by Marcel Hackbardt & Claudia Esslinger
Stanley Museum of Art Artist Talk at the University of Iowa
Painting & Drawing Fellow Eleanna Anagnos presentation “Paradigm Shift” reveals insights and inspirations for her work, sharing developments in her processes that bridge the gap between the corporeal and intangible. Her work explores the nature of human perception and elicits a physiological response where subjectivity, phenomenology, and the conscious act of seeing are addressed. Made from plaster or paper pulp, her work sits at the cusp between painting and sculpture.
Eleanna Anagnos, Grant Wood Fellow in Painting and Drawing at the University of Iowa, 2018-2019
In this short video, Eleanna discusses her experience working as a fellow at the Grant Wood Art Colony and at the University of Iowa.