Browse my online exhibition catalogue from the comfort of home: https://www.ellaclocksin.com/oxfordshire-artweeks-exhibition-2020
In the meantime, here's a bit about about my work.
Many of my recent work is contemporary abstract painting meets ancient woodland in Shotover Hill and Wytham Woods.
Forests in myth and story are both frightening and exciting. It is all too easy to get lost in the woods. They are places of testing and transformation.
Of being lost. And found.
And the paintings are notations of the experience - sensory, poetic and mythical - of being deep in the woods. So, where are the trees? They're partially there rather than fully depicted, because these are paintings about the inner experience, not descriptive paintings 'of' the woods. I'm painting what cannot be seen rather than what can be seen. So when I'm working, hidden deep in the woods, the paintings happen as my external and inner landscapes interact.
Working like this relies on an attentiveness to moment-by-moment cues, seen and heard from the forests that I work in. Some cues are obvious - large trees, sudden birdsong, lichen patterns, and screens of leaves. It's hard to miss a stag crashing through undergrowth. It happens. Or a red kite launching from a tree. Fluctuations of light and shade alternately reveal and then obscure different shapes. The woods' appearance changes rapidly, and many cues are subtle, hard to 'read' or easily missed.
The huge variety of these sensory perceptions affects my mark-making and its movements between referential and abstract. The process of noticing what I'm seeing and often hearing as well has become the subject matter of the work. It records the many overlapping prompts to mark a mark. And the varied marks, shapes, lines and planes of colour are the result of that process.
And I've written a blog post about making paintings from birdsong in lockdown: https://www.ellaclocksin.com/blog/making-art-in-lockdown1/5/2020
A self-employed artist since 1998, since my Fine Art MA (2010) I make contemporary and contemplative abstract landscapes in water-based mixed media. The paintings’ visual language emerges from processing direct perception into abstraction.
During the pandemic, I will be adapting my summer workshops programme to go online and am currently working on different formats for this. Watch this space, or if you'd like to hear more, you can join my mailing list here: http://bit.ly/2tlyg0J
Informed both by art history and current directions in painting, I've run friendly, informative and constructive art workshops in Cambridge, Oxfordshire and Derbyshire since 2000. I use the best of both contemporary and traditional approaches for drawing, painting, colour, composition, loosening up and abstraction. I aim to support and facilitate artists’ development whatever the starting point, including rusty returners and beginners. And I'm currently planning the online version of this for summer 2020.
Formerly a Visiting Lecturer in Life Drawing at Winchester School of Art, I also worked 4 years as Visual Arts Therapist at the School of Life, London. Exhibitions include the RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2017-19 and the Eastern Open, and solo shows include the University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry and the Wall Gallery, Ely. My work is in the collections of the Univeristy of Oxford Wytham Research Station, the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, The Perse School, Cambridge, and many private collections.
As a research-led artist, I'm interested in how processes of human perception intersect with physical art production. A cross-disciplinary background, in literature and as a psychotherapist, informs my practice, exploring what can and cannot be communicated in paint rather than text and how we make meaning from experience.
And see new work, virtual exhibitions and news about summer online art tuition at www.ellaclocksin.com
Drop me a line about paintings or online classes or art tuition over the summer via: https://www.ellaclocksin.com/contact