Ellen Garvens / July 17 - 30, 2015
I am grateful to Violet Strays for the challenge to make something new. The videos come out of a series of photographed still lives taken against the palimpsest of my grown children's bedroom wall. The clips may look like animation but are not, the slight of hand made by much simpler means. For me they reflect the history of the room with wrestling bodies, reading children's books, and imaginary animals and mountains.
I have always seen silhouetted faces looking up through the branches of trees in our yard. The branches eventually grow and change so after a few weeks the faces disappear. The same may be true of my remembrances in this room.
BIO: Ellen is a professor at the University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design, and chair of the Division of Art and Photomedia Program. She received a B.S. in Art at the University of Wisconsin and a MFA from the University of New Mexico. She has received a Fulbright–Hayes Scholarship, National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowship Grant, and an Artist Trust /Washington State Fellowship. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally and featured in Each Wild Idea by Geoffrey Batchen, Contact Sheet #150 by Light Work, and the journals Creative Camera and Visual Studies.
Ellen's work is often straddling between 2 and 3 dimensions; recent images mix drawing and photography.