Hanging by a Thread by Eleni Litt
acrylic paint and ink on canvas
18 x 24 inches
year created: 2017
“This piece is a record of movement of my hand, arm, shoulder, and body that echoes the feelings of lightness and floating that are ultimately grounded in the canvas itself. Hiding in plain sight is an illustration of the Pythagorean Theorem pointing to my love of geometry and numbers.”
Artist’s Connection to Theme: The piece is initially a reflection on a mathematical truth, namely the Pythagorean Theorem. For me, self-care and well-being often include a respect for mystery and reflection on ideas and theories (especially from math and science) that are true. This piece captures a feeling of flow and mystery even as it’s grounded in both the process of making the piece itself and the truth of the Pythagorean Theorem, even though science and scientific truth are hanging by a thread in some parts of our society. Making this piece and reflecting on its truths are part of deep healing.
Image Description: Acrylic ink and acrylic paint with swerving lines over rectangular shapes in a yellow field of color.
Eleni Litt has always made art or at least scribbled, doodled, colored, and played around with art supplies and all kinds of other mark making tools. She didn’t always have the language for her inconsistent, off and on creative practice, except to know that tremendous healing is the ongoing outcome. Over time, she developed a teaching practice that modeled and encouraged others to make art from their own responses to life’s stories using shapes, colors, and words, even as they honed their own skills. While Eleni has shown her work in any number of juried and group shows (and even had a solo show in 2013) she is at times ambivalent about showing her work, some of which is very personal with parts of her story hiding in plain sight. She has a PhD in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics as well as Certificates in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design, and Creative Arts Therapies from The New School where she works as Associate Provost of Faculty Affairs.
Frame: Wrapped canvas on wood frame.
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