Sometimes it seems almost impossible to say something new in art. Especially if this art is associated with images of nature and wildlife. But Canadian sculptor Ellen Jewett in each of his works amazingly “weaves” animals, plants and bizarre fantasy elements, creating something truly unique and fascinating.
Ellen Jewett was born in the Canadian city of Markham and began creating her own works, including three-dimensional ones, as a child. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and fine arts, Ellen has tried her hand at various fields: she has worked on medical illustrations, care of exotic animals and led a course on stop-motion animation for children. By the time she finished her thesis, it was clear that her academic and creative interest in biology was closely intertwined.
Juette says: “For me, natural forms are a constant source of charm and deep aesthetic pleasure. She creates her sculptures by laying out details, adding dozens of small elements that eventually come together in a fascinating whole picture. But at the same time, Ellen masterfully uses negative space, turning animals into fragile and elegant fantastic creatures, over which the laws of physics do not control.
Despite her desire for creative freedom, Ellen is responsible for the environment. She fundamentally does not use materials that have toxic properties. This excludes an impressive part of what can be found on the market, but also inspires the search for new material combinations. As the basis for her work, Jewett uses a metal frame over which light clay is applied, after which the sculpture is painted with acrylic, mineral and oil pigments. Ellen does not intentionally get rid of brush marks and fingerprints so that the effect of the artist’s presence remains in her works.
In addition to constantly working on new sculptures, Ellen Juette runs a farm on Vancouver Island and a small animal shelter. In her spare time, she hikes, kayaks, picks wild plants and mushrooms and gives new life to discarded items. Every day is full of not only hard physical work for her, but also inexhaustible sources of inspiration.