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Leslie Eliet
updated: 11/03/2010
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Pond Study 34
Pond Study 40
Pond Study 46
Pond Study 48
Pond Study 49
Pond Study 53
Pond Study 55
Pond Study 68
Pond Study 69
Pond Study 70
Pond Study 72
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, gestural, meditative
 
 
Pond Study 34 by Leslie Eliet
Pond Study 34
Watercolor, sumi ink on paper
2009
22.5" x  15" 
Pond Study 40 by Leslie Eliet
Pond Study 40
Watercolor, sumi ink on paper
2009
22.5" x  15" 
Pond Study 46 by Leslie Eliet
Pond Study 46
Watercolor, sumi ink on paper
2010
15" x  22.5" 
Pond Study 48 by Leslie Eliet
Pond Study 48
Watercolor, sumi ink on paper
2010
22.5" x  15" 
Pond Study 49 by Leslie Eliet
Pond Study 49
Watercolor, sumi ink on paper
2010
22.5" x  15" 
Pond Study 53 by Leslie Eliet
Pond Study 53
Watercolor, sumi ink on paper
2010
15 " x  11.25 " 
Pond Study 55 by Leslie Eliet
Pond Study 55
Watercolor, sumi ink on paper
2010
15 " x  11.25 " 
Pond Study 68 by Leslie Eliet
Pond Study 68
Watercolor, sumi ink on paper
2010
15 " x  11.25 " 
Pond Study 69 by Leslie Eliet
Pond Study 69
Watercolor, sumi ink on paper
2010
22.5" x  15" 
Pond Study 70 by Leslie Eliet
Pond Study 70
Watercolor, sumi ink on paper
2010
022.5" x  30" 
Pond Study 72 by Leslie Eliet
Pond Study 72
Watercolor, sumi ink on paper
2010
22.5" x  15" 

Artist Statement
  

The title Walking (Ink) Meditation appears regularly in my list of works.  It describes both how my work is made and one of the ways in which the viewer can approach it.  Using a variety of media on paper – Japanese sumi ink and watercolor, etching and monoprint – I paint and construct books and installations based on my meditations while moving through the landscape. In making art based on these observations and meditations, I am addressing the complexities of human consciousness as it is reflected in nature, where weather, climate and terrain, time of day and season provide a paradigm of beauty, rhythm and balance.  I do not try to reproduce what I see but, rather, the breadth of the experience, whether it’s the quality of light in a deep woodland pond, the flickering images of dreams or how the harsh wind in the semi-desert of a Himalayan river gorge sounds and feels.

 

In the studio the act of painting is also an act of meditation.  Each of the materials I use conveys meaning in a different way, so that although I use a fairly strict set of parameters regarding things like proportion, within the form I am always experimenting with different materials from different art-making traditions and different ways of arriving at a meaningful whole even though the elements may often appear fragmentary.  I often paint long paper scrolls or accordion-fold albums to be read as diaries, recording my thoughts as they occur over time, adding different, often seemingly unrelated, images in sequence on a single sheet of paper over days or weeks.  The accordion book form gives the viewer the opportunity to experience the images in different ways - as a series of single pages, as a folding screen, or stretched out full-length on a wall.  An installation where the image is stretched out with all its variations and changes on the wall or in a corridor gives the viewer the best opportunity for his or her own walking meditation.

 

Leslie Eliet    

Artist Bio / CV
 

BORN:  Olean, NY, 1945

 

EDUCATION:  B.A., cum laude, Saint Bonaventure University, 1966; M.A., Tufts University, 1970;  School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1972 - 74

 SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2006                “Fractals”, Sola Gallery, Ithaca, NY

2005                “Walking (Ink) Meditation, Part VI:  Sea of Dreams”, University at Buffalo (SUNY) Art Gallery, Beyond/In Western New York Biennial.

2003                “Walking (Ink) Meditation, Part V:  The Shoals”, The Main Street Gallery, Groton, NY

“Remembering Nepal, at the Edge of Winter”, Clinton House Artspace, Ithaca, NY

2002                “Walking (Ink) Meditation, Part IV:  Sleeping, A Green Hope”, A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago, IL

1999                “Walking (Ink) Meditation, Part II:  Streams and Rivers”, Fassbender Gallery, Chicago, IL

1998                E. Max von Isser Gallery, Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL

1997                “Walking (Ink) Meditation”, A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago, IL

                        Gallery Nature and Temptation, Kaji Aso Studio, Boston, MA

1996                Fassbender Gallery, Chicago, IL

1995, 1993      A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago, IL