Walking (Ink) Meditations: Etching, Drawing and Artist’s Books
“Meet the Artist” Reception, with Afternoon Tea: Sunday, September 19, 3-5 pm
Leslie Ann Eliet will be exhibiting new prints, artist’s books and an installation combining printmaking and drawing. The exhibition includes the latest in a series of Walking (Ink) Meditations, an installation comprised of prints and drawings in a continuous strip taking up 33 feet of adjacent walls. She will also be showing related prints and accordion books, inspired by the extended formats of Japanese folding screens and albums.
The works address the artist’s encounters with landscape in different parts of the world as well as the woodland ponds of her home in Cape Ann on the North Shore. “My work celebrates the almost forgotten quiet places - small ponds with peepers in the spring, ancient forests, prehistoric stone circles and barrows turned towards the sun, markers of the changing seasons. In our difficult times, nature provides an anchor.”
Using a meditative approach to landscape both in encounters with nature and in the studio, Eliet’s images emerge by recalling such indefinable elements as quality of light, season, time of day. They also incorporate memories and dreams, and are meant to evoke rather than describe. As Victor M. Cassidy wrote in Art in America, “Leslie Eliet’s works are like chamber music…they require close looking and much thought, but stay with us long after we leave. This visual narrative suggests things that are hidden, secret and waiting.”
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