When you look at Ellen Jewett’s work, you’ll appreciate that her ‘creature’ sculptures are intricately layered inside out with an astute accumulation of numerous tiny components, many of which are microscopic representations of plants, animals and objects.
As she evolves in her art, a more recent signature look of each piece would be the strategic use of negative space to give Jewett’s pieces a distinct shape and structure. Each detail is modeled carefully by hand and she abstains from materials like clays, paints, glazes and finishes that are known to have toxicity.
Described by Jewett as ‘natural history surrealist sculpture’, her exotic pieces reflect an extensive knowledge of anthropology, medical illustration, exotic animal care, and freeze-frame animation, all of which provides a profound base from which her imagination takes flight.
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