Ellen Jewett is a Canadian, multi-media sculptor. Her unique hand crafted works of art, focuses on creating biological narratives and cultural statements. She has been formally trained, graduating McMaster University with degrees in Biological Anthropology and Art Critique. While her education has definitely refined the depth and execution of her art. She had already been hard at work before secondary schooling, debuting Creatures from El in 2005.
She is now a full time artist, selling art on Etsy and her own website. She focuses on sculpting, on but has branched out into painting, with resounding praise and success. She is constantly enrolling in professional apprenticeships and courses. Her knowledge of biologic mechanization and evolution, she brings legitimate personalities, distinct to each piece.
“At first glance my work explores the more modern prosaic concept of nature: a source of serene nostalgia balanced with the more visceral experience of ‘wildness’ as remarkably alien and indifferent. Upon closer inspection of each ‘creature’ the viewer may discover a frieze on which themes as familiar as domestication and as abrasive as domination fall into sharp relief. These qualities are not only present in the final work but are fleshed out in the process of building. Each sculpture is constructed using an additive technique, layered from inside to out by an accumulation of innumerable tiny components. Many of these components are microcosmic representations of plants, animals and objects. Some are beautiful, some are grotesque and, some are fantastical. The singularity of each sculpture is the sum total of its small narrative structures.”