• The Net Hammock

    oil, enamel, silicone, caulking, and found transfers on canvas
    30 in. x 40 in.  |  2019

  • The I.T. Guy

    oil pastel, oil, silicone, acrylic, and canvas on panel
    20 in. x 24 in.  |  2019

  • Hammock Swing

    oil, enamel, and silicone on canvas and panel
    30 in. x 30 in.  |  2019

  • The Reader in a Hammock

    oil, enamel, found decals, and found paper on vinyl
    30 in. x 24 in.  |  2019

  • Nanette (Back with Fence)

    oil, silicone, caulking, found paper, enamel and canvas on panel
    24 in. x 20 in.  |  2018

  • Lawn Chair with White Tee Shirt

    oil, caulking, found paper, and canvas on panel
    24 in. x 30 in.  |  2018

  • Reader in a Lawn Chair (Rose Tattoo)

    oil, enamel, silicone, temporary tattoos, and canvas on panel
    24 in. x 20 in.  |  2018

  • The Bicycle

    oil and enamel on panel
    approx. 40 in. x 30 in.  |  2018

  • Cold Beach

    oil, enamel, silicone, and canvas on panel
    30 in. x 24 in.  |  2017

ELEANOR ALDRICH Channel To Channel Website CV

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, Nashville, Knoxville, Flagstaff, AZ, and at the University of Alabama. Her work has been shown at Saltworks Gallery and White Space (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 reviewed in Art in America and on Artforum.com.

She is currently represented by Channel to Channel in Nashville.

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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. I choose materials that mimic the physicality of oil paint but are beyond my ability to completely control. The dominance of the material properties act as an inanimate foil to my vision for the work. I attribute my appreciation of mystery and the possibility of transformation in my work to my Catholic upbringing, in which materials were transformed and images held power over life.

My work is about the places where the concerns of modernist painting meet my own experiences and the physical reality of the body. Sometimes the encounter is in the application – paint is combed, piped, squished, and sprayed, and paper transfers are rubbed off; playing with ideas of femininity and the purity of paint. The material squeeze invites the empathy of the body and is at times funny, beautiful, revolting, and satisfying. The grid appears as a support- a resist that molds the material as it presses through. In this way the material is metaphoric of conformity and issues of control over one’s body.

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