My practice in the studio is wild and impulsive. I work on top of large pieces of canvas, unrolled on the floor and listening to fast paced music. The canvas itself is worthless, there is no sentimentality, no delicacy. I walk across the fabric with a piece of charcoal, slashing and scribbling impulsively. My works are mixed media using charcoal, chalk pastel, acrylic paint, and oil paint. The figures in my work are raw and disconnected. The combined mediums give me the ability to render them with detail and disintegrate them with line. Like a code there are words and phrases layered into the paint. These words are an echo of conversations and thoughts, their meanings not meant to be known but felt.

Elinor Shapiro is currently Associate Artist Residency Directory at Chateau Orquevaux France.

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