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ellen jewett: precision balanced by chaos

She was raised among newts and snails. That’s how Ellen Jewett begins to describe herself. It’s easy to connect the dots between her early years and the art she creates today.

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Jewett holds a degree in Anthropology and Fine Art, and comes from a background in medical illustration and exotic animal care. She has successfully married her interests in art and biology and now creates fantastical, sometimes grotesque and often absurd thought provoking sculptures.

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The farther I travel, the more I am home,12″x5″x17″

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The farther I travel, the more I am home, detail

Using cold porcelain clay and air drying polymer, she builds each sculpture over a wire armature, then paints with her fingers and a paint brush.

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“Each sculpture is constructed using an additive technique, layered from inside to out by an accumulation of innumerable tiny components. Many of these components are microcosmic representations of plants, animals and objects. Some are beautiful, some are grotesque and, some are fantastical. The singularity of each sculpture is the sum total of its small narrative structures.”

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Strange and Gentle, 16″x9″x9.5″

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The Goat In The Shell, 11″x6″x15.5″

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The Goat In The Shell, detail

“Each detail, down to the finest filigree, is free-modeled by hand. Within each piece precision is balanced by chaos. The overarching aesthetic knocks on the door of realism, yet the hand of the artist is never intentionally erased; brush strokes and fingerprints abound.”

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Koi, 24″x14.5″x5″

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Koi, detail

Ellen Jewett’s website

 

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One Response to ellen jewett: precision balanced by chaos

  1. These are hauntingly beautiful sculptures, and I’m interested in the artist’s process. Is the clay fired at all, or does the air-drying polymer harden it?

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