Hillary Ellis has a BA in Fine Art and a MA in Printmaking. She works from her home studio in Kent, and exhibits in the UK and internationally (Ellis, nd a).
Making links to my drawings and generating ideas for approaching work.
How do I begin to choose works, when Ellis’ entire portfolio is an inspiration? Although she employs traditional drawing media for some work, it is predominantly layers of texture, drawn upon with stitches or beads. Simple marks, which in aggregate produce intriguing textural pieces.
Her works “speak quietly of an enduring and persistent nature that dwells quietly within the realm of traditional womens’ work and its often futile repetitions. The nature of these discreet yet insistent marks, scratches and stitches appear as an overwhelming desire, signifying the chaos cloaked beneath every search for order.”
– Hillary Ellis (Ellis, nd b).
These works inspire me to throw out my pens and pencils and get straight down to stitching! Also, to experiment more boldly with scratching and paint and exotic papers, as Ellis uses on her backgrounds.
It was fantastic to find Homage to Dorothy Napangardi, since I also find Australian aboriginal art so inspiring.
Ellis, H. (nd a) Profile,
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Ellis, H. (nd b) Artist Statement,
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Ellis, H. (2011) Random Order V , detail,
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Ellis, H. (2011) Tide V, detail,
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Ellis, H. (2012) Homage to Dorothy Napangardi,
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Ellis, H. (2012) Mesh II, detail,
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Ellis, H. (2014) Lost in Lace I, detail,
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Ellis, H. (2016) Shades of Pale, detail,
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Ellis, H. (2016) Stone Circles III, detail,
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Ellis, H. (2017) Enmeshed, detail,
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Ellis, H. (2017) In a Dark Place, detail,
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Ellis, H. (2018) Collage I,
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Ellis, H. (2018) Marking Time, detail,
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