Ellen Wiener

Margin & Scree Folio, 2011
Archival accordion print on cream rice paper, 8.25 x 135 inches. Handmade brown silk-covered box with folding presentation accordion. Includes original artists print. The print is from an edition of 2. The box is unique, made by Kimberley McClure. $1500





Margin & Scree, 2010
Digital Archival Accordion Book, A long landscape picturing interactions between forests and books. 5 x 108 inches extended, 4 x 6 x 2 inches folded into removable silk cover, Edition of 8. $500





Green Rocks, 2009
Archival digital accordion artist book.
5 x 108 inches extended, 6 x 4 x 2 inches folded into removable silk cover, Edition of 4. $500





Red Rocks, 2009
Archival Digital accordion book, 5 x 108 inches extended, 6 x 4 x 2 inches folded into removable silk cover, Edition of 4. $500





Ivory Lithics, 2010
Accordion book in an edition of 8. 6 x 4 x 1.5 inches in removable brown silk jacket. Opens to about 10 feet. $500

Even The Rain, 2009
Accordion book in an edition of 4. 6 x 4 x 1.5 inches in removable crimson silk cover. Opens to about 10 feet.
The text is a poem of the same title by Aga Shahid Ali, born in New Delhi 1949. It is in the form of a ghazal- a formal, often intimate series of rhyming couplets where the poet’s own first name is integrated into the body of the verse. $500

Blue History, 2008-9
Accordion book in edition of 8 with artists proofs. 6 x 4 x 1.5 inches in removable black silk cover. Opens to about 10 feet. $500

Ochre Scriptory, 2008
Accordion book, in an edition of 8 with artists proofs, 6 x 4 x 1.5 inches in removable sage green silk cover. Opens to about 10 feet. $500

Green Hand, 2009
Accordion book in an edition of 8. 6 x 4 x 1.5 inches in removable dark green silk jacket. Opens to about 10 feet. $500

Statement

Ellen Wiener is a painter and printmaker whose primary subject matter revolves around literary themes and the expansive qualities of reading. Her intimate page-sized paintings and illuminated alphabet made for a contemporary Book of Hours have been exhibited widely at libraries, universities and galleries. The accordion books shown here reveal elements from notebooks that link pilgrimage, penitence, poetry and mythology in an intimate celebration of allegory.

Biography

Ellen Wiener holds degrees from Bennington College and Queens College CUNY. She has, by invitation, spoken on the medieval sources in her work at The International Medieval Congress, The International Society for Hildegard von Bingen Studies and The Institute for Medieval Studies at The University of New Mexico. Research has involved study at Union Theological Seminary, The New School University in conjunction with The Morgan Library, The Christian Index at Princeton University and The New York Botanical Garden.

Faculty appointments include positions at Princeton University, The University of New Mexico, Queens College CUNY, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Louisiana State University, and Dartmouth College.

Reviews can be found in: Art in America, Art Forum, The Village Voice, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer. She has received several honors including; The William Randolph Hearst Fellowship for Creative and Performing Artists and Writers from The American Antiquarian Society, the Andrew Carnegie Prize from National Academy New York, residency grants from The MacDowell Colony, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Ragdale Foundation, Holy Cross Monastery and stipends from The New York Foundation for the Arts.

Ellen Wiener Website