Eli Slaydon is an emerging artist in the California art scene. He received academic high honors at Santa Rosa Junior College before transferring to the University of California, Santa Cruz where he graduated in 2008. From Santa Cruz, Slaydon entered the New York Studio School in New York City where he received his MFA in 2012. He has been the recipient of several grants and awards. Artistically his work includes both paintings and sculptures. He currently works as a Studio Assistant to Mark di Suvero. He lives in Petaluma.
Isorropía was one of the first steel sculptures that I built in Mark di Suvero’s studio. I found that my relationship to steel was less about an additive and constructive exploration and more about a paring down and editing process. Isorropía is a part of a series of pieces from 2012 exploring the possibilities of steel as a substance to be carved by fire. My work grows from a fusion of visual perception, memory and dream information. I want my sculpture to feel simultaneously mysterious and convincing.