"My work has been described as 'some otherworldly mash-up of quilts and paintings and sculpture and something else altogether' - that 'something else' is what interests me, whether I’m working on paper, with felt, or foil."
Hudson Valley artist Ellen Jouret-Epstein works in several mediums, but with a consistent approach. “I’m excited by depth, layering, contrast, movement and mystery.” Her work is often an accretion of smaller elements that cohere into unique, mosaic-like compositions. Each piece develops formally through the manipulation and interaction of materials – drawing, shaping, stiffening, burning, stitching – and a good deal of chance.
Her inspirations range from fashion to nature, and even outer space. "I’m also a landscape architect, and my work inevitably creates a form of landscape or topography. I’m interested in the transition from one element to another, the common edges that, like topographic contours, are themselves a kind of drawing."
Ellen first exhibited weavings in museums and galleries as part of the nascent fiber arts movement in the San Francisco Bay Area. Following a career in the not-for-profit sector and landscape architecture, she now is making art full time. Ellen lives in Germantown, New York with her husband and thirteen sheep.
“Material is a means of communication.”
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Ellen Jouret-Epstein is based in Germantown, New York, in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Studio visits may be arranged by appointment.