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Ellen Burchenal is an artist who makes paintings and drawings.  An adjunct instructor in the MICA Senior Thesis program, she is also the coordinator/faculty for the MICA Italy Summer program, and visiting faculty for the MICA @SACI Honors Studio program in Florence, Italy. The recipient of a NEA residency grant, an AIA Honors Award, and six Maryland State Arts Council Artist Fellowships, Burchenal has exhibited and lectured in galleries and universities throughout the region and in Italy.  ... more

Festina Lente (Make Haste Slowly)

These are digital ink jet prints. Using the small drawings from the Hotel Drawing Series (below) I experimented with blowing up the drawings - to make the small mark more monumental. The color and background refer to the everyday landscape of Sorrento, Sant'Agnello and Naples.

Hotel Drawings

The Hotel Drawings are a series of small ink drawings of mirrors or frames. They were started in a hotel room in southern Italy. In 2008, living in the center of Florence, Italy, I was struck by how the decorative architectural forms literally elbowed me out into the street. So I have been experimenting with ways to make these lap sized drawings as big as I am.
(see Festina Lente series above)

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