Eleanor McGough "Layers of the Atmosphere"


Journey into the entomological atmosphere with these latest works from local artist Eleanor McGough in "Layers of the Atmosphere". Be swept away by their immense energy and delve into their fascinating detail, as they convey the transience of life from each corner of the canvas.

DON’T MISS THE ARTIST’S TALK BY ELEANOR AT THE OPENING OF THIS SHOW AT 5PM!


Eleanor McGough’s paintings explore our fleeting place in the larger patterns of weather, migrations, and time. Imagined life forms inhabit terrestrial, aquatic, or atmospheric spaces, revealing fragile and tenuous relationships within these vast systems.

McGough’s recent series, “Flight Patterns” and “Flight Jacket Vestments” explore the mysterious qualities of flight, unpredictable natural forces, and insect and bird migrations. McGough is influenced by the research of high altitude entomology that details the astonishing fact that billions of insects are carried in air currents through the layers of our atmosphere. This idea serves as a visual metaphor to the broader context that all life is transitory and swept up in immense patterns of energy.

Her work is informed by a lifelong interest in biology, particularly of plants and insects, and her influences include Ernst Haeckel, Maria Sybilla Merian, Hudson River School landscapes, Japanese woodblock prints, textile patterns, traditional Asian scrolls, as well as topographical and aerial maps.