ELI SMITH

Much of my art is monolithic and epic in form and style, adhering to bold imagery. I want the viewer to be unable to ignore my work, I want it to grab them and not let them go until they have noticed it, even if they cannot fully appreciate it.

It is probably from the lack of outward bodily control due to having Tourette Syndrome that I have become fascinated with the human form, and how to express so much through posture and visual presence. With this I also weave in my experience with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, in which the dark mental imagery brought on by obsessive thoughts manifests as deep shadows and tension within the figures in my work. I want my paintings to depict brokenness as well as power, inner and outer struggle as well as perseverance.

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