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ELLEN CORNETT

ELLEN CORNETT

Artist Work

The Witch and the Horseshoe
2015
Charcoal
44"x60"
Feathered Hats
2016
Carbon Pencil
11"x14"
Puppet Wars
2016
Charcoal
20"x22"
Race Day
2017
Carbon Pencil
17"x14"
If That Mockingbird Don't Sing
2016
Carbon Pencil
17"x14"
An Unkindness of Ravens
2017
Carbon Pencil
14"x17"

Artist Information

County
Prince George's County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

Working in charcoal, carbon pencil and pastel, I create surreal tableaux frequently referencing fairy tales, poems and rhymes. While the subject matter of each image varies widely, a number of common motifs, such as human figures with animal heads, and animals in carts or on wheels, tie them together and make them seem like moments in one long, overarching plot. I strive to make something intriguing and meaningful from well-recognized sources, manipulating characters into odd vignettes of conflict, misunderstanding, and relationships gone awry.

Artist Bio

I earned a BA in Studio Art from the University of Maryland. For many years I worked as a graphic designer and illustrator. For the past 15 years I have taught drawing and painting at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. I have won numerous awards in juried competition throughout the DC area, and have exhibited extensively in focus and solo shows.