Ellen June Jewett’s sculptures turn animals even wilder, transforming their bodies into futuristic mini-masterpieces that balance and burst with motion. A cheetah has front legs just a little too long, and uses the extra length for more spring, his hair thickened like tentacles as they fly back in the wind. Wings erupt from the shoulder blades and turn into white tethered plants with their own thick tentacles, and tiny white birds fly alongside. Each creature is given their own set of intricate detail that springs from somewhere organic, revealing trees, leaves, flowers and birds.
It’s an ultramodern world where animals adapt and fuse with other elements. Some border on surreal: an owl with its wings holding dreamcatchers out wide, and a fox with flags strung between its tail and body.
Ellen is a Canadian artist with a degree in Biological Anthropology and Art Critique. She began sculpting as a child, and her Etsy page reads,
“To Ellen sculpting has always been about life, biological narratives and cultural statements. The tedious hours of labor act as the mysterious foundation from which each sculptures’ personality springs forth…
When working in her studio Ellen enjoys the company of animals and listens to audio books and podcasts. She finds this immersion in thought and ideas helps create the depth of spontaneity in her sculptural narratives.”
These sculptures are a part of Ellen’s series Creatures from El, the project she’s been working on since 2005.
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[/zl_mate_code] See more of Ellen June Jewett’s work on her website.