Using cold porcelain, polymer clay and a range of other materials, Canadian artist Ellen Jewett creates surrealist sculptures of wild animals living in symbiosis with other species from different kingdoms and habitats. The result is enchanting creatures, composing dreamlike scenarios.
Plants and animals have always been the surface on which humans have etched the foundations of culture, sustenance, and identity. For myself, natural forms are a continual source of fascination and deep aesthetic pleasure. At first glance, my work explores the more modern prosaic concept of nature: a source of serene nostalgia but this is 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.Ellen Jewett