Eli Thorne: Monster of Zayante Creek
August 4th 2018 - September 23rd 2018
Opening Reception: August 4th 6pm-9pm
Eli Thorne’s paintings represent a rich imaginative world filled with symbols and allegory that incorporate both autobiographical and fabricated narratives. Using his personal experiences as a trans man, his work explores the notion of a lost boyhood, expressing regrets, fears, and nostalgia for a time in his life he never had.
Thorne’s works are often depictions of natural landscapes wherein masculine and androgynous superhero-like figures, powerful animals, and emblems of contemporary trans life all occupy a fantastical space. The compositions of his paintings are driven by intuition rather than logic, and evoke sentiments of love, tenderness, death, energy, force, and power all at once. A mythological character acting as a queer ancestor/oracle appears numerous times, suggesting the work is part of an overall parable. Viewed as a whole, this body of work is representative of Thorne’s psychological and spiritual process of reconciling what his own boyhood could have been like.