Canada-based artist Ellen Jewett has been making the rounds online lately because of her otherworldly creatures constructed from a variety of non-toxic materials. The sculptor’s intricately-detailed works look like they belong to the depths of our imaginations and dreams.
“Plants and animals have always been the surface on which humans have etched the foundations of culture, sustenance, and identity. For myself, natural forms are a continual source of fascination and deep aesthetic pleasure,” Ellen explains about her art on her website.
“At first glance my 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,” she continues. “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.”
Ellen’s creations definitely have a unique look which she can call as her own signature style – the various materials she uses are all safe for the environment as previously mentioned. However, the most delicate parts of her sculptures usually involve some sort of wire structure, often covered in various clays. She further explains, “each sculpture is constructed using an additive technique, layered from inside to out by an accumulation of innumerable tiny components.”
When asked to describe her figures, Ellen calls them “natural history surrealist sculpture(s),” a blend of flora and fauna, and human-made structures or objects on several occasions. Other than her love of nature, these inspired works also come from her extensive background in many things, namely: anthropology, medical illustration, exotic animal care, and even stop-motion animation.
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