The Ottawa School of Art Byward Market Campus is proud to present On Wildness, an exhibition by Ellen Jewett. On Wildness is on display from Thursday October 11 to Sunday November 18, 2018 at the Ottawa School of Art’s Gallery located on the main floor of the Downtown Campus in the Byward Market. All are welcome!Ellen was born in Markham Ontario Canada. At a young age Ellen showed both an aptitude for creating three dimensional art and a fascination with the natural world. What followed was a childhood rich in exploration of local woods and creeks, a home crawling with pets and many household items permanently scarred from the overly enthusiastic application of art supplies.
“The natural world has always been the surface on which humans have etched the foundations of culture, sustenance, and identity. For me plants and non-human animals are a continual source of fascination, engagement and deep aesthetic appreciation. At first glance my work explores the more modern prosaic concept of nature as a source of serene nostalgia. However on closer inspection this is balanced with the more visceral experience of ‘wildness’ as remarkably alien and indifferent. To know wildness is to know the boundaries of your own comprehension.”
Considered by those who know her as a natural entrepreneur, Ellen set out on her own path as a career artist while still in high school, spending long summer weekends travelling to exhibitions. In 2007 Ellen completed her post-secondary honours degrees in Anthropology and Fine Art at McMaster University. While finishing her undergraduate degrees Ellen illustrated for the Universities’ teaching hospital and pioneered a children’s class in stop motion animation in addition to continuing to develop her own sculptural work. By the time she graduated, Ellen’s academic and artistic interests in the biological where intrinsically interwoven. Ever the curious soul, while working as a professional artist Ellen has continued to study art and science respectively, most recently, through the Haliburton School of the Arts and the University of Guelph. She has also accumulated certifications and apprenticeships in other areas of personal intrigue, including applied animal behaviour modification and crisis counselling. According to Ellen, it all informs her art; enriching the content of the unconscious narrative flow.
Today Ellen’s work is achieving a vibrant internet presence making notable appearances on popular websites including Colossal, Reddit, Bored Panda, Ecology Global Network, American Crafters and many others. Her sculptures are being featured in public and private collections worldwide. Ellen is enthusiastically expanding her studio practice and forever striving to experiment and meet the demand for her time and work. Ellen currently produces sculptures and prints from her small acreage on Vancouver Island in British Columbia where she and her partner grow fruits, vegetables and operate a small scale animal refuge. In her spare seconds Ellen enjoys hiking, running, snorkelling, kayaking, and hunting wild plants and mushrooms.
“Each of my sculptures is constructed using an additive technique of working air drying polymer and cold porcelain over a metal armature. The texture is built in layers from inside to out by an accumulation of innumerable tiny components. Each detail, down to the finest filigree, is sculpted by hand, no tools are used. The colouring is a mixture of acrylic, raw pigments and clear polymer.”
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