In her latest body of work, Ellis explores the patterns and rhythms of nature as metaphors for endings, loss and ultimate renewal. Blue Hour, the title of both the exhibition as well as a work in the show, refers to the time of day when the sun has disappeared from the sky, yet light still remains. These words acknowledge the sadness of the loss of the day, while taking refuge in the hope that lives on in the emerging stars.
Continuing her recent trajectory of creating smaller, more intimate works on paper, Ellis’s paintings embody the solace that can be found in nature and the reminder that new life continually replaces that which has passed on. In several works, trees with bare branches are paired with new growth and a gentle wind that sweeps through the landscapes, hinting at the possibility of change, renewal and of life waiting to emerge.
Working in multiple layers of transparent glazes, Ellis’s paintings are the result of a meticulous and time-consuming process. Much like nature itself, Ellis’s practice is unhurried and conscientious, resulting in paintings that hum with the vibrant spirit of the natural world.