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Eleanor White
updated: 07/12/2013
website: www.eleanorwhitestudio.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Blue Spades
Clubs (detail)
Hearts (flame)
Hearts (flame) detail
Card Variations
Face Card Variations (detail)
King of Hearts II
Queen of Hearts II
Jack of Spades
Jack of Hearts
Queen of Diamonds
Queen of Hearts
Jack of Clubs
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  obsessive, abstract, geometric, repetition, systems, pattern, process, collage
 
 
Blue Spades by Eleanor White
Blue Spades
marker on playing cards
2009
Dimensions variable
Clubs (detail) by Eleanor White
Clubs (detail)
marker on playing cards
2007
Dimensions variable
Hearts (flame) by Eleanor White
Hearts (flame)
ink on playing cards
2008
45" x  24" 
Hearts (flame) detail by Eleanor White
Hearts (flame) detail
ink on playing cards
2008
Dimensions variable
Card Variations by Eleanor White
Card Variations
scratched playing cards
2008
24 " x  27 " 
Face Card Variations (detail) by Eleanor White
Face Card Variations (detail)
scratched playing cards
2005
Dimensions variable
King of Hearts II by Eleanor White
King of Hearts II
scratched playing cards
2007
8 1/2" x  8 1/2" 
Queen of Hearts II by Eleanor White
Queen of Hearts II
scratched playing cards
2008
7 1/2" x  7 1/2" 
Jack of Spades by Eleanor White
Jack of Spades
scratched playing cards
2005
7 1/2" x  7 1/2" 
Jack of Hearts by Eleanor White
Jack of Hearts
scratched playing cards
2005
8 1/2" x  8 1/2" 
Queen of Diamonds by Eleanor White
Queen of Diamonds
scratched playing cards
2005
7" x  7" 
Queen of Hearts by Eleanor White
Queen of Hearts
scratched playing cards
2005
7" x  7" 
Jack of Clubs by Eleanor White
Jack of Clubs
scratched playing cards
2005
7 1/2" x  7 1/2" 

Artist Statement

In my series of “Playing Card Drawings” I add elements or subtract them from playing cards. All of my scratched card pieces are based on a labor intensive process in which I scratch off portions of the image leaving behind geometric patterns that I then join together to create a kind of kaleidoscope or mandala that functions as a whole composition. Conceptually, I consider the scratched card pieces to be drawings. Employing the use of a tool for removal as a pencil mimics the actions one uses when creating a drawing only in reverse, removing as opposed to applying.   

 

The numerical cards of one suit (hearts, spades, clubs) provides the system I use to make the free flowing, organic, ink or gold leaf on playing card drawings. "Gold on Diamonds," “Clubs”, “ Hearts”, and “Blue Spades” involve the process of linking together numbers and symbols on the numerical cards. This creates a web or structural pattern that dictates the overall composition of each piece. Unlike the scratched card pieces these drawings tend to grow in an organic way. Spreading out to create all-over compositions.

Artist Bio / CV
Eleanor White is based in Beacon, NY. She is a 2007 New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship recipient. She received her M.F.A  from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD on a full scholarship from the Jacob K. Javits Foundation. She earned her B.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond VA. She has participated in a number of residencies including the Bemis Center in Omaha Nebraska and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Sweet Briar Virginia. Her work has been included in local and national exhibitions such as Flow: Navigating the Super Paradigm, Collaborative Concepts (Beacon,NY); Eleanor White/Richard Butler, Van Brunt Gallery (Beacon, NY); In The Mix, Ann Street Gallery (Newburgh, NY); Building a Legacy, Bemis (Omaha, NE) and Light In the Garden, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Her work was acquired by  the Deutsche Bank collection in 2009.