I’m currently taking part in an artist residency in Barcelona, on day 16 of 30!
I absolutely love Barcelona and I feel so inspired. I decided I’d work on my drawing as it’s something I rarely make time for at home, and already I’m excited with what’s happening. The drawings are quite unlike anything I’ve done before. I’ve been looking into science illustrations and diagrams so I think that that’s influenced a more linear aspect to my drawings.
Laura Massam (a fellow artist) and I have our very own pop up exhibition on the 24th. I shall post some photos of the work and the exhibition soon!
: I love love love your art, just got inspired. keep it up x
Currently have some work in the Undetermined Paths exhibition at The Abacus, Cardiff. Exhibition is on until Saturday 30th August, so come along!
: I'm so glad to have found your work, I'm totally entranced by everything you've shared here!
: Love your work Ellyn :) I'll be starting third year in cardiff in september and seeing your finished pieces has been a bit of an inspirational boost. Also congrats on your 1st, you've worked so hard for it :) I just had a quick question about your tumblr haha, which theme do you use, or is it custom css? It really does your work justice. Best of luck for whatever you do once you've graduated :)
Thanks a lot! I found the basic theme and then tweaked the html. Thank you and good luck with your third year!
: I just found your blog and have been sitting here reading about your journeys through each piece for about an hour! My mum is an art teacher so despite me lacking in creativity I still love to learn about various artists and I would like to congratulate you on your awesome job! Keep up the great work my dear xxx
That’s very kind and lovely to hear. Thanks very much!
And so ends my 3 year fine art degree. I have truly enjoyed every single minute of it and I’ve been so lucky to have met so many amazing people and talented artists. These last three years have honestly been the best years of my life and I still can’t quite believe it’s over.
Yesterday I found out that I’m graduating university with a First Class Honours Degree, I think I might still be in shock.
: Your final pieces look fantastic! Best of luck with the exhibition!
Thanks a lot!
Final photograph of my studio before moving into my exhibition space. So sad to be leaving!
"Greenland is not green"
I have been working on these perspex outcomes alongside the tracing paper pieces as the perspex embraces particular qualities that aren’t necessarily present in the tracing paper. These qualities include a complete flatness once filled, precise edges and a unified surface plane. Despite being excited to work my idea through a different material to paper, I was initially quite sceptical about how successful the perspex pieces would be. As the tracing paper works explore ambiguity and fragility and capture a distinct sense of visual depth - I was worried that these features wouldn’t translate through the perspex as well. After already experimenting with the green frosted perspex to conclude that the depth was indeed hindered through the use of the perspex frames, I decided to use a clear frosted perspex (see previous posts). The use of this clear frosted perspex gave the frames that sense of depth I desired. As the colour merged the front plane with the white background, the frames appeared to have that ambiguous sense of depth that the tracing paper pieces have.
There are qualities present in these perspex frames which I believe are more successful than the tracing paper pieces. As the perspex isn’t as distorting as the double wrap of tracing paper, colour is far more visible. This has enabled me to add subtle hints of colour such as the yellow which isn’t possible with the paper pieces. These subtle hints of colour insist that the work appears to glow in an entirely different way. The reduction in the density of the filling space has also affected the resulting image. As there is less room for the powder to move and change position, I have been able to create marks which are almost impossible to create on the tracing paper pieces. These marks capture a lot more movement and embody a far more ethereal nature.
Despite being constructed through the use of the same materials and filling processes, I do not wish for the perspex pieces and the tracing paper pieces to be considered the same. They are two very different outcomes. The perspex frames are a far more object-like approach, and literally embody the sense of encasement through their assembly. The tracing paper however appear to be a lot more painterly as it is uncertain how exactly it has been constructed.
Overall I am very pleased with these pieces as I feel they capture the tensions previously explored between chaos and order in an alternative manner.
"Greenland is not green" II
"Greenland is not green" I