Fecundity - a noun which describes creativity - a fruitful condition in
nature as well as within her own being. Nature and the metaphors
surrounding Her have been the fertile source of her ideas and works. She
listens and acknowledges Her tenuous existence.
Some ideas from the great writer Ed Krantz succinctly express Eleanor's art.
"The idea of transformation inherent in Symbolist art is altered in the work
of Spiess-Ferris. While her figures, often women, are linked to an earthly
world of roots, trees, leaves, and birds, they are also subconsciously
distant. This detachment is a means for them to discover their revealed
selves and to create an opening to that authentic unconscious portion that
dwells unheard and unseen, covered by women's historically apportioned roles
and society's masks and conventions"
Excerpted from the artist's exhibition catalogue, Sketches, Orchards & Dark