There’s something to be said for obsession in the world of art. It’s what drives us to collect, cohere, and create. For Markham, Ontario native Ellen Jewett, her obsession with creating sculptural forms at a young age, and her love of biology are what propelled her into the wonderously surreal world of expressive sculpture that she thrives in today. Having studied Biological Anthropology and Fine Art at McMaster University, she took her education as the groundwork to spring her forward into full time studio work almost immediately after graduating with honours, and continues to expand her knowledge with apprenticeships, additional professional classes, as well as teaching at various levels.
For Jewett, according to her website bio, sculpting is all about the idea of life itself, and the subtleties of the nature of biology; it’s narratives, movement, balance, and emotions. There is no limitation to the medium in which she works – she bends the laws of nature to create her vision rather than be constrained by her materials. Her works are grotesque, and surreal, evoking the essence of the abstraction of biology and nature while effortlessly floating in an otherworldly ambiance.
Personally, the Slum Fox is my favourite. The expressive nature in which she constructs the forms and works with light and shadow is beyond compare. The details are so intricately crafted, and lend such a whimsical and fantastic quality – right down to the little clotheslines… they absolutely kill me. I wish this piece was still available because I would have bought it up in a heartbeat.
Check out more of her amazing pieces on her website.
Buy from her Etsy shop.
Check out her Deviant Art gallery.
Keep up to date on exhibitions on her blog.