Geysers, Pelts & Mudpots

Exhibit by Ella Watson

Bozeman artist Ella Watson presents a body of work focusing on adaptations within the environment and one’s self. Ella uses nature as a loose jumping off point for her work with the organic influence being most evident in her use of fluid, colorful forms.

Jessie Wilber Gallery
May 8 – June 28, 2015

Artist Statement

She builds multiple layers of cold wax and oil paint onto canvas to mimic the awesome landforms of Montana, then scrapes and cuts away at the surface revealing depth and color, which resemble the natural evolution of the earth. Often, the scrapings will be used elsewhere within her work, building a new layer, or adding to another piece entirely.

Ella’s method of adding, taking, rearranging and reevaluating is her way of observing and embracing change within herself as an artist, an individual and as a part of the vast, living landscape. Ella values the challenges presented by change in her work and life. They force her to constantly rethink and adapt to her surroundings, which adds richness to the everyday.