Stephanie L. Ellison
I like quiet, hidden things; ghosts, decay, subtle movements, and the interrelated nature of the seen and unseen. Studies in Japan at an early age, coupled with roots in Southern Illinois have informed my perspective.
My work is about storytelling, using personal narratives to channel greater truths, seeking a thread of connection with the viewer. A self-taught artist, pilates instructor, and former jazz radio announcer, I’ve used mixed media, movement, and words, to create works over the years. Intuition is important to my process. Recently I’m sculpting jewelry, as it can convey complex stories as concise, intimate artworks.
My family ran a baseball concession stand during the 50s and 60s in East St. Louis, and in 2016 my sisters opened a candy store. Using candy themes, I’ve been most notably chewing, playing with and shaping gum, casting it in silver and gold as unassuming, wearable works of art. The finished piece is, in part, dictated by chance. The work appears unassuming, but the story can elicit a visceral response and further inquiry. Chewed gum has proven an intriguing sculpting medium, both for the shaping movements and the symbolism it can contain. It is something I continue to explore in larger works.
Stephanie Ellison is a self-taught artist with an integrated background in dance, writing, and Japanese. She graduated from Illinois State University and teaches movement and pilates. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.