I consider myself a process artist; research, collecting, observing and experimentation support and inform my work. Drawing is the touchstone of my art practice and involves extensive explorations of mark making in a wide variety of mediums and creative application techniques.’
SeaForms: The Nature of Creation
In this current series I am inspired by "Intertidal Ecosystems", that region of the seashore formed between low and high tides. I create mixed media collages based on my imagination and perceptions of this natural world. This ever-changing environment with wave-swept rocky shores and tidal pools is the stimulus for my work. Seaweed, algae, starfish, barnacles and urchins...to name a few species are my sources of inspiration.
I apply washes of colour that parallel those I observe in this natural environment. I create collage materials, manipulating delicate Japanese "Washi" paper by staining, burning and piercing holes, tearing and cutting. These processes yield results that echo the shapes and patterns that I discover and observe in this foreshore region. Marks are drawn with graphite, pen and ink and pencil crayon. I translate the movement of waves and sea foam through washes of white paint and by leaving untouched areas of white paper. It is the beauty and mystery within this watery world of harsh extremes that fascinates and compels me to create this work.
Jill Ehlert is an artist based in Cobble Hill, BC. Her creative practice spans 35 years with specific emphasis on the creation of experimental works combining mixed media, drawing and collage. Nature, organic forms and cellular structures inspire her work.
When to see this exhibit?
Opening: Friday, September 21, 5-7 pm, artist talk at 5:30 pm