• Mop Head with Wall

    oil, silicone, enamel, and tile on panel with handle
    24″ x 22″ x 50″  |  2015

  • Fat Back

    mixed media on panel
    30″ x 24″  |  2015

  • Lawn Chair with RV Tee-Shirt

    mixed media
    19in. x 24in.   |  2014

  • Swimming Pool

    enamel on canvas with wire
    50in. x 65in.  |  2014

  • Rorschach and Net

    oil and enamel on canvas with oil and enamel on found object
    72″ x 50″   |  2014

  • Painting Stack with God's Eye

    oil, silicone, calking and canvases on panel.
    11in. x 14in. x 6in.  |  2014

  • Wing Back with Lawn Chair

    caulking and enamel on canvas with oil and silicone on found object
    Dimensions variable  |  2015

  • Installation view of OCDC: Lips Phone and Chair, with Clicker and Rouched Truck

    acrylic, oil, enamel, caulking and silicone with flyswater and wire
    Dimensions variable  |  2016

  • Installation view of OCDC: Brute Force and Projection Sheet

    caulking, silicone, plaster cast and pigment on canvas; printed canvas with silicone, oil and enamel
    dimensions variable  |  2016


Knoxville, TN | Painting, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Drawing, Installation

Eleanor Aldrich was born in Springerville, Arizona. A participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, she also holds an MFA in Painting & Drawing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she currently lives. She earned her BFA in Painting & Drawing through the Academie Minerva (Groningen, the Netherlands) and Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff. She was a participant in the Drawing Center’s first Open Sessions.

Eleanor has had solo shows in Boston, Knoxville, and Flagstaff, AZ. Her work has been shown at Saltworks Gallery (Atlanta, GA), the Drawing Center (New York, NY), Grin (Providence, RI), and Ortega y Gasset (New York, NY). Her work was chosen for 1708 Gallery’s ‘FEED 2013’ (Richmond, VA). She has been awarded an Endowment for the Arts through the Whiteman Foundation, and the Herman E. Spivey Fellowship. Her work has been included in New American Paintings and on Artforum.com.

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My work is about the places where the concerns of modernist painting meet my own experiences and the physical reality of the body. Often the subject matter is a visual bridge between painting tropes and the objects of everyday life. The lines of a lawn chair seat serves as a veiled reference to the grid, and its breakdown – presumably by human weight – to an imagined encounter with the human body.

My work is textural and alchemical; I match materials – often industrial sealants – and techniques to the subject matter they look like, thereby approaching verisimilitude without realistic rendering. I work with a kind of mimetic literalism that embodies the subject but serves pictorial conventions as well, posing questions about physicality as the standard of reality. Though the subject matter is chosen partially for its abstract properties, the decaying and abandoned recreation equipment touches on themes of changing labor practices and economic disillusionment. I find the frankness of the materials pushes against the deception of illusion and allows for a recognition that is deeper than language.

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