Little Consolation Series 2022 –
Now upwards of one hundred and fifty pieces at the time of this writing, these 7 x 5 x 1 inch mixed media works on wood panel allow me to hover between abstraction and representation while addressing a free-floating range of subjects such as memories from personal history, love of nature and wilderness and animals as well as the endless cycle of catastrophic events, whether it be social, environmental and/or humanitarian, taking place at any given moment around the world. It depends on what’s in the air – literally and figuratively sometimes.

While the Series, begun in the early days of 2022, does little or nothing to alleviate the tragic global condition, in some small but significant way, it allows me to cope with the struggle of a meaningless existence and keeps me grounded and focused for the tasks at hand, namely, engaging in an increasingly confusing and highly-charged world. I tend my garden, I visit the nurseries, I dig in the mid-day sun, I plant the natives that will attract the pollinators and feed the birds, I recollect a past life with ponds and dogs who loved to swim and eat blueberries as much as we did, juxtaposed with tending declining parents through many long distance drives; cancelling trips because of wildfires and COVID-19 and so on and on. I struggle to reconcile famine, rape, torture, massacres with the charmed life of an artist who can go to the studio every day and can totally shut the world out with the closing of her door. It is that easy, if little consolation.

Beacon, NY
June 13, 2022

2022-2023
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Staggering Toll
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Fantasy
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Death by Plastic
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Unsung
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Aix-en-Provence c. 1987
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Childhood Bliss
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Riding Lessons
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Deadly Embrace
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Taking Advantage
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Illuminated Tree, Sils Maria
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Homeward Bound
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Totem
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Cooperation
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Not Every Circle is a Pond
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Cypress
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Turbulence
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Forever Waiting
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Not There Yet
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Adoration
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Uneasy Alliance
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Unexpected
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Deconstructing Summer
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Mother & Calf
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Fragile Existence
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Vessel
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Hare
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Momentary
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Whales Sleep With Half Their Brain to Avoid Drowning
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Precarious
2022
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Fir
2022
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Proxy War
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Florescent Forest
2022
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Passing Through
2022
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A River Runs Through It
2022
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Water Dragon II
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Realignment
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Breaking Through
2022
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Slow Motion
2022
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Everyone is Deconstructing Something (It Seems)
2022
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Eternal Ridgeline
2022
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Tree in Nighttime Landscape
2022
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Girl with Bird
2022
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Boy with his Dog, Again
2022
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Forest for the Trees
2022
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Missing Link
2022
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Coincidence
2022
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There Was a Pond
2022
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Superstition
2022
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Bluebird II
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Countries Without Borders
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Huddle
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Old Growth Forest
2022
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Solitude
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Perennials
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Shelf Life
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
One Heartbeat Away
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Archipelago
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Fragile Borders
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Mother's Day Never Gets Old Just More Painful
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Darkly
2022
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Whaling History is a Sad Sad Story
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Introspect
2022
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Unspoken For
2022
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Visionary Tree
2022
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Lone Pine on Rocky Outcrop
2022
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Eternal Recurrence
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Tree at Midnight
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House Sparrow
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Red and Yellow with Green
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The Well
2022
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Ghost Boy
2022
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Breaking Wave
2022
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Dancing Walrus (after Tim Pitsiulak March 10, 1967- December 23, 2016)
2022
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Vocabulary
2022
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A Boy and His Dog in Northern Saskatchewan
2022
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Another Lifetime
2022
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Deliverance
2022
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Affinity
2022
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New Gatekeepers
2022
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Water Dragon
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Filling in the Gaps of our Brief Existence
2022
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Words to Live By
2022
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Inquiry
2022
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Aquatic Reverie
2022
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Misplaced
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Moose
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ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Poppy
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Whales Sleep
2022
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Trail
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Sleeping Pod
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Last Breath
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Postcard
2022
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Stand of Pines
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80 Acres and a Pond
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Passing Through
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Look Back
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Tidal Pool
2022
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At the Edge of the Universe
2022
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We Knew It was Coming
2022
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Blink of an Eye
2022
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Sea of Sorrow
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Deep Forest
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Little Consolation
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Requiem
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Border Crossing
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Standby
2022
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Tom and Zaci in Northern Saskatchewan
2022
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Wavelength
2022
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Nocturne
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Quartet
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
What is Resilience Anyway?
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Still Life
2022
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Indigo Sleeping Pod
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Botanical Garden II
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Message
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Skerry
2022
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Task at Hand
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Reworking Nostalgia
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Wishful Thinking
2022
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Sleeping Pod
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Heat Wave
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Haiku
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
A Long Time Ago All Was Well, Briefly
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Outside My Studio Window
2022
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Blues
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Infinity
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ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Island Reverie
2022
ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Botanical Garden
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ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Jubiliant
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ELENI SMOLEN 2022-2023
Quietude
2022
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The Idea of North
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Yellow Tree
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Blue Bird
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Sleeping Humpback
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Red with Green Tree
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Peregrination
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Here and Now
2022
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Never Enough
2022