Visual Arts — October 17, 2012 18:28 — 0 Comments
I have to admit that when first viewing Ellen’s series Body Double, my initial reaction was one of apprehension. This trepidation came from a place of fear, and more specifically fear of the unknown and then, the fear of the unknown me. Halted by the pop quiz of her Rorschach’s, I suddenly felt ill-equipped to answer for myself. Quickly realizing how important my role is as a viewer of this work and how each of us informs its reading, I set myself to work. I began to study intently the larger forms, the details, and layers of each piece in Body Double. Mildly hoping to avoid any further insecurity and embarrassment for being unprepared.
So, when approaching an earlier body of Ellen’s work, The Book of Knowledge, I was shocked to find myself on another, subtler, path of self-discovery. And, because this isn’t a pop quiz with a scale of grading, I will share with you my experience and the place that I traveled to through her work. As a sci-fi fan and part-time romantic, I found place and space. I found myself drifting through interstellar space, carefully taking in clusters of star groups and gravitational momentum as I moved closer and closer to the light waves that traveled closer and closer to me.
As inevitable participants in Ellen’s work, we will each have a different experience. This partnership engages us. While viewing our reflections and dissecting our readings we are able to glimpse Ellen, our artist, and discover the unique beauty and adventure of her art.
-Visual Arts Editor, Liz McDonald
The book of knowledge is a word-free, 40-page book, 26” x 32”, 52″ x 32″ double spread. Mixed media on tar paper.
Binding is cloth-covered board, five-hole punched, with screw post fasteners.
This is the first of three unique volumes.
(Note: a “unique volume” is the book collector’s term for a one-off book, no edition, just the original.)
All photographs of The book of knowledge by Tom Collicott.
For more, see www.ellenziegler.com
The answer isn't poetry, but rather language
- Richard Kenney