Albert Sagan for Art-Sheep
Ontario-based artist Ellen Jewett creates sculptures that merge animals, plants and sometimes human-made objects, a work that she herself calls “natural history surrealist sculpture”. Jewett’s pieces are thoroughly affected by her comprehensive knowledge of medical illustration, stop-motion animation, exotic animal care and, of course, anthropology, which she studied in a joint degree with Fine Art at McMaster University. All of the aforementioned tools focus the attention on the biological structure of each of her sculptures, while at the same time they help liberate the artist’s imagination in a pursue of more unreal concepts.
Jewett forgoes the use of materials that are likely to be toxic, such as glazes, paints and finishes, choosing to work with more natural material she sources locally. “This, unavoidably, excludes most of what is commonly commercially available, and has sent me on a journey of unique material combination and invention”.