Ellen on her new body of work "Liquified" which runs December 6, 2014 - January 10, 2015 in our Main Gallery and is shown above left:
"Something magical happens when a body is immersed in water. The form and shape of the body are transformed by the fluid nature of water and the refraction of light.
Limbs become liquid and color flows with the motion of water. What is recognizable becomes abstracted and altered.
My fascination with the impact of water on the body relates to the elemental forces of birth and death– there is a connection to the embryonic process of becoming into life and the transmutation of life as it decays into death.
For this collection of works, I photographed female gymnasts who could assume a multitude of different poses underwater. Additionally, I used dog models to capture the movement of the animal in motion – a kind of Eadweard Muybridge experiment with the concept of gesture and movement.
The ripples of light, playing on the skin surface, are as significant to me visually as the entire shape of the swimmer/figure. I gravitate toward the patterns found in light and shadow as well as the patterns found in fabric and nature. There is diffidently a feminine force at work here, a reference to ritual purification and the mysteries of a life force."
Ellen Orseck talking about her other works:
"Whether painting fully clothed figures floating underwater, abstractions of stormy weather or sumo wrestler dolls immersed in chocolate cake, my subjects are characters in a narrative. At times grave and at times beautiful, the subjects are selected to evoke different responses to life, to illuminate, or to call to mind human emotions."
Rising to the Surface oil on canvas 32" x 50"
Coming Up For Air oil on hardboard 20" x 20"
Ecstasy watercolor on paper 16" x 22" SOLD
Facing the Future oil and acrylic on canvas 32" x 40"
Keeping Your Head Above Water watercolor on Yupo paper 17" x 23"
Losing One's Head watercolor on Arches paper 22.5" x 30" SOLD
Making A Splash oil on wood 20" x 20" SOLD
Night Crawler watercolor on Arches paper 28" x 35.5"
On the Precipice acrylic on Yupo paper 36" x 84" SOLD
Pitch Dark opalescent ink on Arches paper 7.25" x 18.5" SOLD
Release oil on board 24" x 18" SOLD
Seeing Yourself Coming and Going watercolor and acrylic on Yupo paper 17" x 23" SOLD
The Anatomy of Water watercolor on Arches paper 16.5" x 26.75" SOLD
The Refraction of Light watercolor on Arches paper 16.5" x 26.75"
Treading Water watercolor on Yupo paper 17" x 23" SOLD
A Deluge ink on acetate
The Spine ink on paper
Rough Exterior ink on paper
Tempest Gale monotype with overdrawing
Storm's A Brewin' monotype
The Blues- Earth and Sky ink on paper
Red Menace monotype
Aqua Vortex ink on acetate mounted on plexiglass
The Result of Bad Decisions ink on acetate
Love in the Time of Polarization ink on acetate
The Dawn of Man ink on paper.
Call of the Raven monotype
Piece O'Cake oil on board
Intoxication collage, oil on canvas
Prostitution acrylic and charcoal on paper
What a Piece of Work is Man charcoal, acrylic, fabric, medium and Kilz on Arches paper
Bloody Ophelia monotype
The Plight monotype
Towards the Light monotype
Life Reflections monotype
Other Worlds monotype
Peace of Mind monotype with overdrawing
Ellen Orseck gave an artist talk at the gallery on January 8, 2015. Ellen is a wonderful instructor and artist
as you can see. Thanks to Stefani Elkort Twyford for producing this short film.
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