Elody Gyekis is an American Artist who splits her time between living in Brooklyn, Central Pennsylvania, and Central America. Her work pushes the boundaries of gender roles and celebrates femininity, using the language of myth and fairytales as a process of personal catharsis. Sometimes she works collaboratively with her subjects, creating intimate portraits of women she admires, and sometimes she uses her own body to create allegorical works. Her current body of work includes paintings, animation, and sculptures that revolve around an original fairytale, The Rescue.She uses glittery, silky, luscious, and gooey materials to build this fantastical world inhabited by versions of herself: a Dandy in Distress, a Dominant Damsel, and a Docile Dragon.
She is currently completing her MFA in Painting at the New York Academy of the Arts and she earned her BFA in Painting and Ceramics from Penn State in 2009. She exhibits primarily in New York and Pennsylvania, and has participated in shows across the United States and Central America. Her work is in private collections in Germany, England, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Brazil, China, and Canada. She completed artist residencies in Sibiu, Romania in 2014 and Giverny, France in 2018. She has taught painting workshops and classes in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Costa Rica, and Honduras. She was a resident artist and assistant curator at the Green Drake Gallery and Arts Center in Millheim, PA from 2010-2017.
In addition to her fine art work, she has been a community arts organizer and muralist for nine murals in State College, Harrisburg, Williamsport, Huntingdon, and Millheim Pennsylvania. She has also worked on various other community art projects in other locations, such as Toms River (NJ) and the Dominican Republic. She was the artistic director of the “Book Benches of Centre County” public art project in 2014 - 2016.
Her resumé can be downloaded here.