Ellen (1997) is a British multidisciplinary performance artist who uses her body to physically express her internal world by creating photographic performance images. Her artistic process is centered on creating artworks that communicate her perceptions of how the digital environment is affecting humanity. Ellen strongly believes it is her role to provide the visual imbalance and balance between real life reality and the all-consuming digital world.
She states that the future relies on art and artists to reveal this social dilemma because artists never accept their environment for what it seems, they are always seeking new patterns, and new ways of thinking to reflect their anti-environmental perceptions. This is more important now than ever, in a life of intelligent automation, we must remain Human.
She documents her own performances via remote control, merging with her surroundings privately, existing at one with nature. After each performance she discovers a pattern through the images, and forms an unconscious visual language. Her technique becomes a therapy for herself and others, as she manipulates the body and image into a form of reflection.- It is no longer the creator in the image but the essence of what the artist feels, thinks or wishes.
Awards and Features
ARTCONNECT | 'The New Eve-olution' photographic performance | Online feature 'Top Projects' 15th-21st July 2020
ARTCONNECT | 'The Extension of My Body' photographic performance and video | Online feature - Top Projects 1st-7th of June 2020
ARTCONNECT Magazine 'How to Build Your Online Presence as an Artist' by Veronica Johnson | Featured 'Digital Native User Guide Meditation' photographic performance artwork illustrating article | 1st June 2020
Winner of 'Artist of the Month' ARTSJOBS | www.ArtsJobs.com | May 2020
VACCZINE | Digital zine by Matilda Davy featuring photographic performance 'Digital Native User Guide Meditation' | www.vacczine.com
Winner of 'Rising Talent 4: Young and Emerging artists' Exhibition | September 2019
Graduates 2019: Ellen Gilbert: Fine Art Painting by Lizzie Amati | written interview blog, blogs.brighton.ac.uk | 6th June 2019
Rising Talent Winners | Group show, 8th - 20th September, Hastings Arts Forum, St Leonards on Sea
Digital Seeding | Group show, 13th August - 9th September, Ossesou Matter - gallery.osseousmatter.com
Rising Talent 4: Young and emerging artists | 3rd - 15th September 2019 Hastings Arts Forum, Gallery 2
Free Range | 4th - 8th July 2019, The Old Truman Brewery, London
Brighton Graduate Show | 'The New Eve-olution' May - 9th June, University of Brighton.
Land and Sea | 12th - 22nd May 2018, Lewis Castle, Lewis
Conjecture | 3rd - 14th February 2018, University of Brighton 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton
Foundation Show | 2016 - University of Creative Arts, Canterbury
University of Brighton | Fine Art Painting - First Class Honours Degree | Brighton 2016-2019
University of the Creative Arts | Foundation Diploma | Canterbury 2013-2014