Eleanor McIntyre

www.mynamesellie.com

Beach Day, 2018

Oil on Canvas and embroidery, 18 x 24 inches

Embroidery Details of Beach Day, 2018

Oil on Canvas, 18 x 24 inches

Embroidery Details of Beach Day, 2018,

Oil on Canvas, 18 x 24 inches

Studio 1, Memoryscape: Home

Acrylic paint, charcoal on wall, 7 x 9 feet

Studio 2, Memoryscape: Backwoods

Acrylic paint, charcoal on wall, 7 x 9 feet

Studio 3, Memoryscape: Living Creatures,

Cardboard, paper clay, acrylic paint, and felt sewn pillows

Studio 4, Memoryscape: Shelter,

Acrylic paint, charcoal on wall, 7 x 9 feet

Studio 5, Memoryscape: The Hanger,

Acrylic paint, charcoal on wall, 7 x 9 feet

9. Studio Memoryscape Panorama

Artist Statement

The relationship a person has to the place that they are from contains an entire lifetime. The places are living and breathing just as the character of space exists and made alive by its inhabitants. The events and conversations that take place within them are frozen there and lingering in the air. I have chosen to personify the life of space in each of my works. Rather than creating the realistic rendering of a person, I am interested in the situations and environments in which these moments between people are made memorable. In my studio, I have recreated my childhood backyard and neighbourhood. In doing this, I have found a form of portraiture that removes the person but still holds their essence and personality by using the spaces in which they reside.

Some of the highlighted relationships have a vital role in the work because they inform my decision making and have an overflow of stories and characterizations. My personal research entails the re-entrance into these places and collecting and taking photos of these spaces. I am using the spaces in which I interact and identify with people who are influential to me because of their involvement in the lives of women of different ages and backgrounds. Each piece is a different character. Through creating smaller objects from various significant rooms of meeting and communing, I play with the idea of memory and personality by creating shared personal environments and through it an entire home begins to grow and take form. These works act almost as a monumental artefact of the moments I spend the most time with these individuals. Even though I make replicas, I do not replicate the original. Rather, they are a fragment of the original. The recreation of these objects that are associated with these individuals has made them sacred.