Ellen Jewett was born in Markham Ontario, Canada and raised among snails. She took to shaping three-dimensional forms naturally and obsessively at a young age creating this unique animal sculptures.
To Ellen, sculpting has always been about life; biological narratives, emotions, movement, balance and observations about life’s subtleties and overtures. Her aesthetic ranges from the hyper-real, to the surreal, fantastic, and the grotesque. Ellen produces mixed media sculptures that achieve an otherworldly quality.
Each sculpture is constructed using an additive technique, layered from inside to out by an accumulation of innumerable tiny components. Many of these components are microcosmic representations of plants, animals and objects. Some are beautiful, some are grotesque and, some are fantastical. The singularity of each sculpture is the sum total of its small narrative structures.
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Plants and animals have always been the surface on which humans have etched the foundations of culture, sustenance, and identity. For her, natural forms are a continual source of fascination and deep aesthetic pleasure. At first glance her work explores the more modern prosaic concept of nature: a source of serene nostalgia balanced with the more visceral experience of ‘wildness’ as remarkably alien and indifferent. Her passion for animals comes to us through these unique sculptures mixing art and design for our joy. I’m now a fan!
Upon closer inspection of each ‘creature’ the viewer may discover a frieze on which themes as familiar as domestication and as abrasive as domination fall into sharp relief.
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