June 1, 2018
"I was always conflicted about my drawing hand. Drawing felt awkward and foreign to me, never being able to fulling translate through my hand the ideas I had in my head; but, after years of exercising my hand in school, I came to understand that my work thrives in the weirdness."
Post school, Eli was searching for a new direction for his work, but maintained drawing daily in his sketch books. After talking with a friend about a silk drawing project from school, he decided to explore the idea of painting on items of clothing. He thought of it as a unique way of subverting the private-intimate nature of his sketchbook drawings.
"Sketchbooks are about intimacy. Clothing is about outward expression. I am interested in exploring the what happens when those worlds collide."