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STATEMENT I use content from verse, theology, science, science-fiction and history in paintings, prints and artists books. Faced with a sense of racing time, I feel very attracted to the contemplative potential in the slow reveal of the page… there seems to be more thinking time allowed here than on a gallery wall or in a tiny screen.
My new work explores landscape with an emphasis on geology. Rocks and fossils act both as calendars of the past and also perform as the very current archivists of our present – both roles add perspectives that meet and mitigate comprehension.
The visual influences informing my work shown here; Durer, Palmer, Ruskin and even Cornell- join writers like MacFarlane, Sheldrake and Powers in their use of landscape as key and classroom.
BIOGRAPHY Ellen Wiener’s work can be found in the public collections at Yale, Staats Bibliotek- Berlin, Smith College Museum, Hood Museum, Parrish Art Museum, Albright-Knox Museum, J. Rosenwald Collection, Reed College, Swarthmore College, Washington University, Maslow Collection, Bainbridge Museum.
Faculty positions include; Princeton, Dartmouth, Sarah Lawrence Writer’s Institute, Stony Brook SUNY, Queens CUNY, Univ New Mexico, Suffolk Community College, St Mary’s College, Sweet Briar College, LSU.
She has studied at; The Royal Botanical Society-Kew London UK, New York Botanical Garden, The Morgan Library-Rare Books School of the University of Virginia, The Center for Book Arts, Queens College CUNY & Bennington College.