Once well into the larger Guardian Series, and having started to use thread and fabric, I circled back to the smaller, 15 x 15 inch Girl by the Sea Sketches and hand sewed them to squares of fabric. Hanging them in front of a window so they were, in effect, backlit, gave them a glowing ambience, sometimes hard to distinguish the girl holding the bird from the pattern in the fabric. This seemed to fit nicely, for me, with the idea of the ambiguity of nostalgia. What was the memory? And what was added later which perhaps enhanced the whole recollection? Although the scenes shift in and out of focus and are confusing at times, the mood remains vibrant, whimsical and poignant.

For the solo exhibition at WAAM (March 7 - April 5, 2020) an installation of five rows - of four memory flags each - will be backlit and presented. Photographs of the installation pending. One will be viewing a grid of 20 backlit memory flags from Girl by the Sea Series (15 x 15 inches).

Design and fabrication of light wall grid by David R. Smolen.

February 19, 2020

Memory Flag Illuminated Installations
ELENI SMOLEN Memory Flag Illuminated Installations 20 Drawings on paper to fabric with thread,  LED lighting, bamboo
Girl by the Sea Memory Flag Illuminated Installation I
2019-2020
20 Drawings on paper to fabric with thread, LED lighting, bamboo
ELENI SMOLEN Memory Flag Illuminated Installations

ELENI SMOLEN Memory Flag Illuminated Installations

ELENI SMOLEN Memory Flag Illuminated Installations

ELENI SMOLEN Memory Flag Illuminated Installations

ELENI SMOLEN Memory Flag Illuminated Installations

ELENI SMOLEN Memory Flag Illuminated Installations

ELENI SMOLEN Memory Flag Illuminated Installations

ELENI SMOLEN Memory Flag Illuminated Installations

ELENI SMOLEN Memory Flag Illuminated Installations

ELENI SMOLEN Memory Flag Illuminated Installations

ELENI SMOLEN Memory Flag Illuminated Installations

ELENI SMOLEN Memory Flag Illuminated Installations

ELENI SMOLEN Memory Flag Illuminated Installations

ELENI SMOLEN Memory Flag Illuminated Installations

ELENI SMOLEN Memory Flag Illuminated Installations

ELENI SMOLEN Memory Flag Illuminated Installations

ELENI SMOLEN Memory Flag Illuminated Installations

ELENI SMOLEN Memory Flag Illuminated Installations

ELENI SMOLEN Memory Flag Illuminated Installations

ELENI SMOLEN Memory Flag Illuminated Installations