Much of Ellen's work is preoccupied with creating a visual navigation of an irrational thought process, shaped by constant anxiety. A mind entrenched in patterns of obsessive thinking produces a physical trail through paint, fabric and collage. Each intuitive mark builds to create a glimpse of a continuous, compulsive inner dialogue: successive forms balance against the preceding in an attempt to compose a moment of stillness, a tenuous reprieve.
To create these pieces, Ellen sometimes employs collected objects, fabrics or mementos. Deconstructing these sentimental objects challenges the necessity of physical ties to memory, while reutilizing them in her work creates imbues them with a new, generative significance.
Ellen is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She completed a BA in Art History and Museum Studies in 2004 and a BFA in Painting in 2010. In the summer of 2010, she studied painting and drawing in Florence, Italy as part of the Rome Art Program.