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.