Greek American Artist Eleanna Anagnos Exhibits in Chicago

Photo of artist Eleanna Anagnos. IMage of a woman with long light brown hair wearing round glasses

Lucid is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Chicago

PRESS RELEASE--CHICAGO-- Devening Projects proudly hosts Greek-American Artist Eleanna Anagnos’s first solo exhibition in Chicago. Titled 'Lucid', the exhibit opened April 7.

Anagnos works with paper pulp to create objects and vessels that function as active agents capable of containing and projecting worldviews and perceptions and of creating magic. Her artistic practice lies at the unique intersection of painting, sculpture, architecture and construction.

Concerned with researching and — literally — digging into the material substratum of the locales where she lives and the rich cultural history of the people who live there, Anagnos brings to life a rarified and visceral viewing experience that requires not just looking, but also absorbing and consuming.

Eleanna Anagnos Art show

This new body of work combines sculpted paper pulp, pigment, found material and cast objects to bridge the gap between the corporeal and the spiritual. Earthen tones dominate abstract pieces that investigate expanded consciousness, primal memory, symbol-making, touch, ritual, color and meaning formation. Anagnos’ process leads to work that is haptic, tactile and introspective.

This debut in Chicago — an important opportunity to present a new body of work to her hometown community — is a significant step for an artist whose life has been built around establishing connections in other rich and diverse settings. Most recently, living, working and raising her young daughter in the Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City, she sought out artists and craftspeople with expertise in nuanced areas of art making, learned from them and responded with her own enigmatic and visionary objects. She finds inspiration and discovers new matrices for her creative concerns within these varied contexts. What the artist encounters, sees, breathes, feels and hears at each place she lives adds layers of sensation to each work. This combination of immersion, collaboration and exposition brings a vital depth and richness to Anagnos’ practice.

Photo of artist Eleanna Anagnos. IMage of a woman with long light brown hair wearing round glasses
Greek-American Artist Eleanna Anagnos. Image from her Instagram.

A Chicago native, Anagnos is the granddaughter of Chicago's legendary radio personalities, the late Antigone and Yannis Lambrou, hosts of the award-winning radio show "The Hellenic Interlude". Learn more about Eleanna Anagnos and view some of her work on her website and on Instagram.

'Lucid' runs through May 18, 2024. Devening Projects is located at 3039 W. Carroll Avenue in Chicago. Viewing hours are Saturdays 12-5 pm and by appointment.

Maria A. Karamitsos

Maria A. Karamitsos is a journalist, author, and poet. She's the founder & former publisher/editor of WindyCity Greek magazine and former associate editor & senior writer for The Greek Star newspaper. Maria also contributes to NEO magazine and TripFiction. Her work has been published in The Magic of Us-A Moms Who Write Poetry Anthology, The Pen Poetry Magazine, Voices of Hellenism Literary Journal, Highland Park Poetry, GreekCircle magazine, The National Herald, GreekReporter, Harlots Sauce Radio, Women.Who.Write, KPHTH magazine, XPAT Athens, and more. Maria has contributed to two books: Greektown Chicago: Its History, Its Recipes and The Chicago Area Ethnic Handbook. She's currently working on a novel.

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