Masks and Mirrors
Leveraging intuition and analytical thinking, Elaine Weiner-Reed creates abstract assemblages in shape, color, and line. Finding beauty in the unfinished, her work focuses on temporal relationship dynamics and everyday or chance encounters as they impact identity. She lets the form and placement of figures imply subsurface content and emotion, creating everything from the inside, out. Focused on transience and imperfection, some themes that run through Weiner-Reed’s work are telling the unknown or hidden stories.
Weiner-Reed never wants to tell the entire story, but instead, selectively provides only enough content or details to stimulate the imaginations and creativity of others. Essentially, she paints mysteries. In reverse. Like a mystery writer, she has already created, witnessed, or lived her stories; nonetheless, as with a writer, sometimes her characters themselves take over and drive a plot to unexpected conclusions.
“Masks and Mirrors - Explorations of Identity” honors the human spirit in all its colors, resiliency, and fortitude. Elaine Weiner-Reed's work is an excavation into the psychology of relationships from the inside out. Her work focuses on unraveling the complexity and mystery of human emotion, choices, and behavior, featuring the individual within or outside of a group dynamic. She considers herself an artist “sleuth” seeking answers to life’s riddles and challenges using the tools of her trade to document findings, leave clues, and mark the path. With an investigator’s precision and artist’s intuitive soul, Weiner-Reed explores the energy, motivations, chemistry, and undercurrents between individuals. She examines the evolution of identity in all its layers - from glimpses in the mirror to introspection across time, highlighting facets of a character’s solitary existence within an increasingly globalized world.
Weiner-Reed honors the individual spirit and personal history of different characters as they exist, survive, and interact, envisioning their stories as pictorial medleys evolving as their worlds turn. Monuments to life, her creations resurrect feelings of transcendence, mystery, and hope.
Her philosophy: “Life is messy, unfinished, and beautiful.”
How would you write the story? How would you play the mood or the scene? What feelings does a piece evoke…or which memory?