HIGH NOON is proud to present Eleanna Anagnos’ solo NYC debut, "Mother Tongue." Through multidimensional works made from paper pulp, plaster, and clay, Anagnos blurs the line between painting and sculpture to investigate phenomena outside of definable experience. Evocative of ancient reliquaries, layered symbology of these works implies a tether across ancient and contemporary systems of communication. Anagnos’ new artifacts play with how art works have been read and perceived through various epochs of history, forging ambiguous shapes and meaning from the known and familiar.
"Mother Tongue" taps into the power of the feminine in communication— an experience that begins with the somatic connection Anagnos shares with her own mother. This metaphysical non-verbal correspondence exhibits how human beings can perceive, interact, and connect through space and time— highlighting the enormous gaps between what we know and what we think we know about ourselves and the possibilities of our shared experiences. The “space in between” is explored throughout the paper pulp medium, as it quite literally represents a breaking down and reconfiguring of matter, molded by the inclusion of additional elements before returning to a solid form, and communicating something very different from its original state.
Eleanna Anagnos is a New York-based artist and curator. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally and was included in this year’s BRIC Biennial in Brooklyn, NY. Anagnos is currently the 2018-2019 Grant Wood Fellow in Painting. Other awards include: The Rauschenberg Foundation Residency (2019), Yaddo (2017), BAU Institute (2016, The Anderson Ranch (2011), The Atlantic Center for the Arts (2009), and The Joan Mitchell Foundation (2011, 2009). Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Hyperallergic, Artsy, and Artnet, among others. Anagnos has been a Co-Director at Ortega y Gasset Projects, an artist-run gallery and curatorial collective located in Brooklyn, NY, since 2014. Her curatorial projects have been featured in The New York Times, Art in America, and the New York Observer. She earned her MFA in Painting from the Tyler School of Art (2005) and a BA with honors and distinction from Kenyon College with a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies (2002).