Eleanor Scholz uses hand tools to create meticulous wood burnings that are rich with ornate lattices and geometric designs. Beauty, detail, and pattern symbolize power, transcendence and illumination in her work. Used as a symbol of power and protection, pattern and natural shapes are often combined with scenes Scholz holds reverently but feels need protection. Landscapes and cityscapes grow out of ornate designs, awesome to behold and awful in their vulnerability or inherent consumption of resources. Similarly, in the Lover series, Scholz builds totem beasts: pattern based creatures designed with the sole purpose to fiercely love and protect. Scholz’s process is time-staking and meticulous, requiring patience. Each piece is a meditation as well as an undertaking.