Sunday, August 17, 2008

Artist Updates II: Ellyn Weiss

Ellyn Weiss has been spending her summer in Cape Cod and has been very busy indeed. Perhaps “infected by seaside colors” she created the first painting she has done “in many moons.” Big Day, seen below, was created with no brushes but mostly with hands and plastic gloves.

Ellyn Weiss, “Big Day”, 2008, oil on canvas with shredded cheesecloth

She also spent a week painting with tar and other “odd and toxic substances” at Castle Hill Center for the Arts in Truro.

Ellyn Weiss, Tar painting, 2008, tar, solvent, and shellac

Throughout the summer, she been participating in workshops at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and working there independently in the printshop on a press once owned by Robert Motherwell. She took one workshop in drypoint, a printmaking technique involving drawing into a metal or plexiglass plate with very sharp tools, and started a small series based on images of nerve cells.

Ellyn Weiss, Nerve Cell series, 2008, drypoint etchings

Check out Ellyn’s blog for more on her summer adventures. We have a number of her prints and oil bar pieces available in the gallery.

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