Artist Tracy Ellyn uses symbolism, texture, storytelling, and life experience to create a thought-provoking collection of work. Please visit her website to see more of her work.
As an artist, I work in layer upon layer of mixed media, which I treat a bit like chapters of a book, coming together into a cohesive whole upon completion.
It is a universal, holistic approach which I find to be a meaningful interpretation of the life experience, on both personal and cultural/historic levels.
My pieces are metaphorical. There are symbols throughout, some more obvious than others.
I love combining ancient philosophies with contemporary thought, eastern and western languages, and imagery that evokes storytelling and deep thought.
My background in the fashion and textile design industries is often evident in my pieces. I make obvious use of beading and surface pattern techniques, with emphasis on texture and pattern. After thirty plus years in design, this effect always seems to spontaneously fall into my pieces.
My photographic pieces also incorporate layering and symbolism.
My recent series from SCOPE/Art Basel was created using combinations of nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century photographic techniques all within one image. This fuses together past, present and future, which is what we are all made of.
When I created the Steven Sotloff Memorial, I used metaphor and symbolism in order to tell his story. His life, his work and his legacy are all incorporated within the layers.
There is no physical likeness of him. Instead, I aim to draw in the viewer to ask, “Who was he beyond ISIS’ image of him in the desert? What was important to him and why? What legacy did he leave to the world?”
By asking and researching, the viewer becomes an active participant in the piece’s storytelling process.
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