HABITABLE SPACES WELCOMES ITS NEW ARTIST IN RESIDENCE – ELEANOR SCHOLZA
Eleanor Scholz is a visual artist, hailing from San Francisco, Salt Lake City, and currently NYC. For the last several years, she’s worked primarily with wood burning (pyrography), ornate illustration, and geometric design. She uses geometric patterns as a tool to provoke moments of wakefulness and reverence. By combining beauty and patterns with contemporary imagery and symbols, she aims to draw visual connections between the human impulse to illuminate and transcend, and modern culture, which is rooted in the physical, material world.
Eleanor’s project at Habitable spaces will be to wood burn the ceiling of the dining hall, creating a ceiling-wide design inspired by natural and architectural elements found around the area. By referencing the landscape and man-made features of Habitable Spaces in a large, ornate, geometric pattern, she will try to capture and emphasize the essence of the space, in a piece that will help transform and elevate the dining hall into a place that inspires deep appreciation for the collective and creative environment.
“In my experience, dining halls are the heart of a collective; they are the meeting space, living space, and the place where community members build the strongest connections. It makes sense to me to have a large artwork that inspires reverence and awe installed here–emphasizing the importance of the structure, and its function for the collective as a whole.”
Several of Eleanor’s prior pieces have used patterns to build creatures or beings, that are given different “functions” depending on what symbols she incorporates into their designs. She has considered putting some of these into the ceiling design, so that parts of the ceiling can feature a pantheon of sorts, whose functions are relevant to the ideals of Habitable spaces.
You can see images of the work as it progresses on her instagram account at https://www.instagram.com/instaeleanor/?hl=en