The work in the Guardian Series explores memory as well as the ambiguity of nostalgia. Girl by the Sea and Guardians Series are both inspired by the discovery of a photograph of the artist taken by her mother when the family was in Étretat, France in 1959. Girl by the Sea initially riffs on this one image in dozens of smaller sketches, later developed into “memory flags.” The larger Guardians Series eliminates the peripheral details of the memorialized Étretat photograph and brings the ever-changing girl holding the bird front and center. Working through the losses and grievances inherent in a personal history – especially the sudden loss of a mother – Smolen experiences a cathartic release in the creation of this new body of work.
 

Girl by the Sea/Guardian Series/2019 >
ELENI SMOLEN Girl by the Sea/Guardian Series/2019 > Oil and ink on Arches oil paper to birch panel
Étretat
2018
Oil and ink on Arches oil paper to birch panel
51 x 31 inches framed

First large painting in the Guardian Series
ELENI SMOLEN Girl by the Sea/Guardian Series/2019 > Ink on Arches Oil paper
Kiki
2018
Ink on Arches Oil paper
51 x 31 inches
ELENI SMOLEN Girl by the Sea/Guardian Series/2019 > Oil and ink on Arches Oil Paper to Panel
Hermione
2019
Oil and ink on Arches Oil Paper to Panel
51 x 46 inches framed

Guardian Series
Private Collection
New York, New York
ELENI SMOLEN Girl by the Sea/Guardian Series/2019 > Oil and ink on Arches oil paper to panel
Uki (aka The Waggle Dance Code)
2019
Oil and ink on Arches oil paper to panel
51 x 46 inches framed

Guardian Series
Collection of the Artist
ELENI SMOLEN Girl by the Sea/Guardian Series/2019 > Oil and ink on Arches oil paper
Cosima
2019
Oil and ink on Arches oil paper
51 x 31 inches
ELENI SMOLEN Girl by the Sea/Guardian Series/2019 > Oil and ink on Arches oil paper
Tasia
2019
Oil and ink on Arches oil paper
51 x 31 inches
ELENI SMOLEN Girl by the Sea/Guardian Series/2019 > Oil and ink on Arches oil paper
Lavender
2019
Oil and ink on Arches oil paper
51 x 31 inches
ELENI SMOLEN Girl by the Sea/Guardian Series/2019 > Oil, ink, graphite on Arches oil paper
Anjij
2019
Oil, ink, graphite on Arches oil paper
51 x 31 inches
ELENI SMOLEN Girl by the Sea/Guardian Series/2019 > Oil and ink on Arches oil paper
Micky
2019
Oil and ink on Arches oil paper
51 x 31 inches
ELENI SMOLEN Girl by the Sea/Guardian Series/2019 > Oil and ink on Arches oil paper
Dree
2019
Oil and ink on Arches oil paper
51 x 31 inches
ELENI SMOLEN Girl by the Sea/Guardian Series/2019 > Oil and ink on Arches oil paper to panel
Saskia
2019
Oil and ink on Arches oil paper to panel
51 x 31 inches framed
ELENI SMOLEN Girl by the Sea/Guardian Series/2019 > Oil and ink on Arches paper to Panel
Atiqtalik (Polar Bear Mother)
2019
Oil and ink on Arches paper to Panel
51 x 31 inches framed
ELENI SMOLEN Girl by the Sea/Guardian Series/2019 > Ink on Arches oil paper
Zoe
2019
Ink on Arches oil paper
51 x 31 inches
ELENI SMOLEN Girl by the Sea/Guardian Series/2019 > Oil and ink on Arches oil paper
Seraphina
2019
Oil and ink on Arches oil paper
51 x 31 inches
ELENI SMOLEN Girl by the Sea/Guardian Series/2019 > Oil and ink on Arches oil paper to Panel
Tapeesa (Artic Flower)
2019
Oil and ink on Arches oil paper to Panel
51 x 31 inches framed

Collection of the Artist
ELENI SMOLEN Girl by the Sea/Guardian Series/2019 > Oil and ink on Arches oil paper to Panel
Danaë
2019
Oil and ink on Arches oil paper to Panel
51 x 31 inches framed
ELENI SMOLEN Girl by the Sea/Guardian Series/2019 > Oil and ink on Arches oil paper to Panel
Beatrix
2019
Oil and ink on Arches oil paper to Panel
51 x 31 inches framed
ELENI SMOLEN Girl by the Sea/Guardian Series/2019 > Oil on Arches oil paper
Iolani
2019
Oil on Arches oil paper
51 x 31 inches
ELENI SMOLEN Girl by the Sea/Guardian Series/2019 > Oil and ink on Arches oil paper
Theodora
2019
Oil and ink on Arches oil paper
51 x 31 inches
ELENI SMOLEN Girl by the Sea/Guardian Series/2019 > Oil and ink on Arches oil paper to Panel
Thalassa
2019
Oil and ink on Arches oil paper to Panel
51 x 31 inches framed
ELENI SMOLEN Girl by the Sea/Guardian Series/2019 > Sumi ink on paper, thread to fabric
Anastasia
2019 – 2020
Sumi ink on paper, thread to fabric
51 x 31 inches framed

Guardian Series
Collection of the Artist
ELENI SMOLEN Girl by the Sea/Guardian Series/2019 > Oil, ink, thread on paper to fabric
Penelope
2020
Oil, ink, thread on paper to fabric
51 x 31 inches framed
ELENI SMOLEN Girl by the Sea/Guardian Series/2019 > Oil, ink, thread on paper to fabric
Siobhan
2020
Oil, ink, thread on paper to fabric
51 x 31 inches framed
ELENI SMOLEN Girl by the Sea/Guardian Series/2019 > Oil and ink on Arches oil paper to Panel
Greta's Voyage
2019
Oil and ink on Arches oil paper to Panel
51 x 31 inches framed
ELENI SMOLEN Girl by the Sea/Guardian Series/2019 > Oil, ink, thread on paper to fabric
Rachel
2019
Oil, ink, thread on paper to fabric
51 x 31 inches

work in progress
ELENI SMOLEN Girl by the Sea/Guardian Series/2019 > Oil, ink, thread on paper to fabric
Jacqueline
2019
Oil, ink, thread on paper to fabric
51 x 31 inches

work in progress