Eleanor Swordy

Region: Northeast

My paintings depict my surroundings once they have been processed by my imagination and translated into paint. I choose the subject matter with the quality of this medium in mind, so that what I convey straddles illusionistic space and a coagulated world. The languid nature of the images reinforces this connection by drawing attention to the physical properties of the material. I pose the represented figures to emphasize allegorical gesture and shift the narrative focus toward symbolism. Nodding to the historical precedent of paintings behaving as relics of the time in which they were made, this work develops a fresh mythology for the modern word.