Natural history surrealist sculpture by Ellen Jewett – Canada based artist. “Ellen was born in Markham Ontario and raised among newts and snails. She took to shaping three dimensional forms naturally at a young age. In 2007 Ellen completed her post secondary honours degree in Anthropology and Fine Art at McMaster University. While finishing her undergraduate degrees Ellen worked in medical illustration, exotic animal care and was teaching a childrens class on stop motion animation. By the time she presented her thesis, Ellen’s academic and artistic interests in the biological where intrinsically interwoven.” – quote from Ellen’s website.
With her new series “Fleeting Seasons” Berlin based artist Andrea Wan dedicates her artwork to one of the oldest topics in fine arts: transience and the eternal circle of life and death. Taking inspiration by the old idea of ‘Vanitas’, which can be found in many different cultures, known in Europe mainly from baroque still-life paintings, Wan’s art depicts growth, transformation and decay in nature and the human body. In her surreal but still very graphic style, which is mostly achieved through color drawings with ink and gouache, she combines figures, plants and otherworldly landscapes against the white void. The tension which therefore fill the works intrigue the viewers mind and leaves it with fascination as much as that the topic itself troubles the artist’s mind who considers the unpredictable nature of growth, impermanent beauty and decay fascinating and yet terrifying.
Second part of Andrea’s “Fleeting Seasons”, see firs part below or follow this link.