Eleanor Kipping is a Maine-native and currently resides in Orono, ME where she is an Intermedia MFA Candidate and Dick Higgins Fellow at the University of Maine. Eleanor has a B.S. in Video and Entertainment Production from the New England School of Communications (2011) where she was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Video Production. As an artist, Kipping’s research and creative practice are concerned with the Black female experience as Other in the united states regarding colorism, hair politics, racial passing and they might be explored through the intersection of installation, performance, and social practice.
Prior to beginning her graduate studies, Kipping taught in the UMaine Intensive English Institute as an English as a Second Language instructor. It was during this appointment that Kipping began exploring an interest in working with communities in as a part of a larger educational and creative practice. In summer of 2016, she traveled to Tokyo and Chiba, Japan for an interdisciplinary experimental education project known as Gakko Project. Time in Japan was spent collaborating with fellow artists, educators, designers, and architects in employing an experience design approach to develop workshops for high school students from around the world. Kipping’s project at Gakko was focused on exploring the ways in which identity might be probed and accessed through poetry, performance, and installation.
During her time at UMaine Eleanor designed and facilitated a number of workshops that explore contemporary race and gender relations, social media, public relations and development for educational and creative organizations.
Kipping has worked with Penobscot Theatre Company, Bangor Symphony Orchestra, and Gracie Theatre as a video and graphic designer, and as a social media manager and content designer with the University of Maine School of Performing Arts, the Intermedia MFA Program’s Visiting Artist Series, Alison Chase/Performance, and others. Kipping also worked with Carnival Cruise Lines as an onboard Audio/Video technician.
Kipping has shown and performed regularly, showing work at the University of Maine in Orono and Farmington, Sohns Gallery (Bangor, ME), Black Mountain College (Asheville, NC), Hamilton Street Gallery (Bound Brook, NJ), and Stratosphere Studio (Brooklyn, NYC).