Art helped me define who I was and distinguish myself from my twin brother at a time when women were considered less. Instead of being referred to as one of “the twins,” by the time I was 10 years old I was known as the twin who could draw. My path was set. Art was my identity.
As an artist, my life and creative process are connected. Underpinning my joie de vivre is an analytical mind that never stops trying to comprehend and make sense of human behavior, relationships, and motivations. Regardless of the subject matter of an artwork or the resulting effect, during the creative process I am consciously and unconsciously engaged in unraveling mysteries and seeking answers...or if not answers, at least some explanation of a scenario that makes sense.
I love the physicality of painting and sculpting. I am what some people refer to as an “action painter,” and I do believe that Art is an action word. Entering my studio, I turn on the music and tune into my intuition and emotions. I continually move around my paintings in a painting-specific improvisational dance and that energy serves as the undercarriage of my work. I often have up to ten paintings in various stages of progress. Sometimes I work from sketches, but generally I go into the studio armed with only an idea, a memory, and a mood. As I tune out the world and lose myself in the creative process, I splash, pour, draw, and sculpt with paint and plaster, layering to create the undertones and undercurrents of a particular scenario or dynamic.
I begin each work with an idea. While creating, I give free rein to my intuition, submerging into the activity of painting. Listening to a lively or moody Jazz (Maynard Ferguson, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Claude Nougaro), a beloved Rock or Blues selection (Vanessa Collier), or a nostalgic song by Chimene Badi, I begin each painting or sculpture with anticipation and joy. As the piece is taking shape, I alternate between periods of intuition and critical thinking - thoughtfully evolving each piece and engaging alternatively in automatism, construction, and deconstruction. Everything - every stroke and thought - that goes into the creation of a painting is integral to its existence."
- Yours in Art and with gratitude,
Paths intersect. Lives are impacted. Identities evolve.
Everything happens for a reason.
Art as Identity | Visual Storytelling
I am a sleuth with paintbrushes and chisels, a visual storyteller honoring human resiliency. I actively transform mysterious or confusing life situations into my own 2- and 3-D riddles, inviting you to personally connect with, re-imagine, and solve them. Come as you are: emotions, experience, and memories welcome.
My work is an ongoing excavation into the psychology of relationships from the inside out. I explore the energy, motivations, chemistry, and undercurrents between individuals. I focus on unraveling the complexity and mystery of human emotion. Identity is explored in all its layers and complexity: one size does not fit all. The development of one’s identity is a complex, evolving combination of personal history, attributes, character traits, gender, societal and cultural events or encounters, and myriad other demographic factors and life experiences. As a result, my sculptures and paintings probe and explore the roots and evolution of identity, individuality, and relationships - featuring the individual within or outside of a group dynamic. Built of layers and hidden masks, my paintings and sculptures intrigue, pulling one in to explore and unravel mysteries on or beneath the surface.
Born a twin, identity matters to me. In relationships, identities collide or connect, enmeshed in a temporal dance of their own design. In my work, I zoom in on an individual, defining some facets or features, and masking others. Depending on the story, I depict some as silhouettes, others as after-thoughts. My “Masks and Mirrors - Explorations of Identity” series honors the individual and the human spirit in all its color, resiliency, and fortitude. At times, we are vulnerable, unmasked, our undercarriage exposed. But we walk on. We rise, tired and sometimes broken, by sheer will continuing our journey. We cast shadows and leave traces.
My art honors survival and the individual spirit and history of people as they coexist, survive, and interact. I envision their stories as pictorial medleys evolving as their worlds turn.
“Life is messy, unfinished, and beautiful.”
Elaine Weiner-Reed (EWR) is an award-winning, internationally known Artist. Bilingual in French, Weiner-Reed currently resides in Maryland, where she has lived and worked for over 38 years as a professional artist and writer. Retired in 2017 from a tandem 37-year career, she engages as a creative mentor and research associate with professionals in academia and industry. Her mind and heart are always fully engaged, and her art and life has been and always will be steeped in meaning and filled with purpose, creativity, hope, gratitude, intuition, and sincerity. Known for her uncommon vision and often referred to as an Expressionist Artist, Weiner-Reed finds inspiration in music, life, nature, and everyday encounters and experiences.
Born a twin, Elaine Weiner-Reed strove to resist her generation’s predetermined rules and boundaries to distinguish herself and create her own unique identity. Her search for identity and originality sharpened her mind, and forged an intuitive, free soul that fiercely guards and nourishes her art. Her artwork focuses on unraveling the complexity and mystery of human emotion, behavior, and relationships, featuring the individual within or outside of a group dynamic. Her art is an outgrowth of her fascination with relationships and with trying to understand them. It is the exploration of human dynamics and their full and colorful spectrum of emotions and mystery. A caring student of human nature, Weiner-Reed recognizes that all relationships are complex. No two are ever the same. She is insatiably curious and that intellectual curiosity drives her desire to understand the story behind a situation or relationship. Everything she sees and experiences feeds into her art, as she continually hones and revises her perceptions. She takes insomnia and life's adventure where it leads her.
Weiner-Reed’s work has been included in international exhibitions in China, Hong Kong, India, Spain, France, Poland, Italy, Canada, and at least 25 national exhibits across the U.S. – to include three solo/featured and two other group shows in Chelsea (NYC). Her art is in public and private collections in Poland, France, Italy, Bulgaria, Spain, Africa, and the U.S.
Artist-in-Residence (Studio 310B), Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (Annapolis) - 2018-2019.
● International Artist Residency, Myslenice, Poland (July 2017): Selectee/Participant in the Poland Ministry of Culture and European Union-sponsored and funded Warsztaty Artystyczne (WMAXX Jubilee, 20th Annual) – Towarzystwo.
● Museum/Opera Collection, AIAIP (Associazione Internazional Arte Plastiche Italia), Torento, Italy: “Mirror’s Edge” (painting)
● Metropolitan Gallery Las Vegas/Art Museum, MGLV (formerly Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art, SNMFA), Permanent Collection (Gallery 10): “Primal Scream” (painting)