Eleanor’s painting practice brings forth the related mineral nature of rock, soil and bone from the inner reaches of our bodies and minds. Her distinctive textural approach melds earth-material into body-scape, depicting both human figure and geological form with turbulent strokes.
As an artist of Mexican-Pākehā descent, Eleanor views her art practice as an act of personal decolonisation, accessing spaces of altered perception, away from the contemporary norms of a Pākehā-Aotearoa worldview. Her work’s interruption of conventional perception strives to provide a medium towards reconceptualising our present and future.
During her residency Eleanor will embark on a new body of painted and written works, emboldened by Rita Angus’ unwavering artistic passion and vision; and captivated by the immensity of earth-form and the geological and emotive manifestations of deep-time processes
Eleanor Diaz Ritson graduated from Toi Ruawhārangi College of Creative Arts Massey University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2021 and commences further study (Master of Fine Arts) in 2022. She has participated in two Massey University exhibitions, Undescried (2020) and Exposure Graduate Exhibition (2021), in addition to a group show at Ngaio Anglican Church All Saints, O (2021). Her written work My Body of Skeletons featured in the limited-edition collaborative publication, Omelette (2021).
Following her residency, Eleanor will present an exhibition project at Enjoy in late-2022.
Enjoy Contemporary Artspace is delighted to be partnering with the Rita Angus Cottage Trust on the delivery of our residency programme. This is the fourth year of Enjoy’s partnership with the Rita Angus Cottage Trust, following residencies by Ruby嫦潔 White (2021), Daegan Wells (2020) and Sorawit Songsataya (2019).
Images courtesy of Eleanor Diaz Ritson.
About the Enjoy Summer Residency programme
Enjoy’s Summer Residency Programme has been running since 2000 when the gallery was first established and has featured artists, curators and writers. Previous summer residents have included: Ella Sutherland (2018), Riff Raff (Daphne Simons and Li-Ming Hu) (2017), Johanna Mechen (2016), Ema Tavola (2015), Kirsten Dryburgh and Xin Cheng (2014) and Mata Aho Collective (2013).
About the Rita Angus Cottage
Located in Thorndon, the Rita Angus Cottage has considerable historical significance and was home to Angus from 1955–1970. The house and its garden feature in her art works from this period, a physical reminder of the influence that these things had upon her. The Rita Angus Cottage Trust registered under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957, exists to protect and promote Thorndon’s history, primarily through ownership of the Rita Angus Cottage and associated sponsorship of an artist in residence and through related activities.