Sketchbooks,writing and reading are the root sources for the work presented in this portfolio.
I encourage exchanges and layers of meaning manipulated by scale--and make work that can be both very intimate- miniatures, and then extended far beyond peripheral vision. My Iimagery is gathered from working with dissecting scopes, panoramic landscapes, literary sources, historical research poems and theological texts.
Artist Bio / CV
My interest in combining text and image emerged from a long study of Medieval Books of Hours- where the energized partnership of pictures and writing sat on the cusp of literacy. Books such as these sat at a tipping point where image ,which had once mattered as much as, if not more than text, was being slowly replaced by the very act of literacy that these same books tasked.
I believe that now- in a screen dominated data stream, we find ourselves at an oddly similar moment, but reversed -as in a peculiar duet, OUR text dependency is now leaning towards the subordinate slope as images, especially moving images control and define information......It is a fascinating point in time for a visual artist.
I am currently a Visiting Artist faculty at Stony Brook SUNY. Past appointments; Princeton University, Dartmouth College, St Mary's College of Maryland, SUNY Stony Brook, Sweet Briar College, Louisiana State University and The University of New Mexico.
My work is frequently shown in libraries and museums as well as commercial galleries. I like to set up exhibitions where 'reading' the work, slowly- on book racks and while seated at tables is possible.
website : ellenwiener.com