Playing Up Downstairs: Eleanor Anderson (April/May 2019)

 

April 5-May 26th, 2019

Eleanor Anderson, Playing Up Downstairs
Praxis Artist-in-Residence
I approach my work across mediums with as much room as possible for continuous recalibration. When I sit down to weave, I compose on the loom without a preconceived drawing in mind. I strive to honor a tradition with nimble improvisation and a sense of intuitive impulse. The moment in the process when I choose my colors and materials gives me joy and satisfaction.

I am often unsure where the idea begins and what the end result might be: did the sculpture inform the surface of the cup? Is the loom a tool or part of a piece? Is this best executed hard or soft, delicate or strong? Sometimes the “OR” is not helpful: I am learning in my studio practice to say “Both/And” more often.

This body of work was made at 4 different studios, in 3 different states (Colorado College, Women’s Studio Workshop, Brick Ceramics & Praxis Fiber Studio).  I love landing in a new place, responding to the available glazes, types of looms or perhaps the perfect cone of yarn given to you by a friend who is trying to clean her closet. I am inspired by the artists working around me and the ideas and techniques picked up through osmosis and conversation.

The grid is a metaphor for something distinctly human made. It references my love for textiles: warp and weft, and my attraction to compulsive accumulation of marks, order and control. But what about a grid that cannot be forced into right angles? I use this soft grid to invite you, the viewer, to perhaps be a little softer as well, more vulnerable and playful.

I want to dedicate the show to my family, particularly my parents who let me be their roommate for the past 6 weeks while I was an Artist-in-Residence here at Praxis Fiber Studio. Thank you Mom, Dad and Claire for always being my support system.

Thank you for coming to see the work.

With gratitude,

Eleanor

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BIO

Eleanor Anderson graduated from Colorado College in 2012 where she studied printmaking and fibers. She works across a broad range of media including ceramics, textiles, prints and collage. She has been a resident at the Textile Arts Center is Brooklyn, NY and the 9th Semester Fellow in Design at Colorado College and a resident at the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY. Most recently she finished a two year Core Fellowship at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina.
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2019-06-24T18:30:03+00:00