Ellen Clark is an Albury contemporary artist working in numerous mediums and surfaces. Originally from Barellan, she has been drawing and painting most of her life. The influence in her work has always been the land and its inhabitants, the changes over time and the impact on the environment. Previous exhibitions have focused on some of the inhabitants ‘Birds In the Bush’, the river Murray and the surrounding landscape ‘The River ’99 and ‘Between a Rock and a Dry Place’ to name a few.
Clark’s new series of works are centred on Journeys – life is a journey or more importantly ‘many journeys’. This Journey is on the environment and the human relationship with the Australian outback and her journey through China, living and learning in a different culture. This exhibition continues the use of a topographical representation, the works are expressions of the isolation associated with being in the landscape: the harshness of a dry and sunburnt country, the lack of flowing water, reflections of Journeys past and present, the use of different media both 2D and 3D and a learning of new techniques and materials. The ceramics and paintings represent a journey of discovery from Australia to China utilising materials and techniques developed over 1700 years of history with the use of porcelain and cobalt (blue and white painting techniques) and underglazes representing the colours of the Australian landscape.
Ellen has been exhibiting for the past 25 years and has had solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group shows. Ellen is a current member of GIGS Art Gallery. Her work is held in private collections both in Australia and overseas.