Saturday, March 24, 2012

March Anniversary EBay Auctions

Please feel free to check out my art anniversary eBay auctions for March ! I am listing more of my assemblages and sculptural works, including some pieces from my Forgotten series. You can learn more about these listings on the blog or at my eBay store:

10-Year Anniversary Blog
EBay Store

Losing Reality

Ellen Jantzen's Losing Reality, currently on display at C-Train Gallery, touches on themes of memory and forgetting, conveys the passage of time and the transitory nature of our human existence, and gives presence and voice to those who have been lost to death and/or dementia.

Jantzen's digitally manipulated photographs convey a sense of lingering being, like a spirit suspended in time or a will o' the wisp or a memory becoming lost. Auras and halos define spots where people have been or have walked. Often their eyes and gazes penetrate through their fading presence to confront the viewer. They convey a sense of loss, a yearning for a connection that has passed, a bereavement and mourning for what was once but is now gone. A feeling of hope and transcendence is also evoked in some of the artworks, as if of an otherwordly entity in the process of moving on or having moved on but now hearkening back to connect with those left behind.

According to her artist's statement, Jantzen chooses the environments for her photographs based upon locations in which some loss has recently occurred, creating a tension that reverberates between real-life experience and an alternate reality. Many of these scenes reflect upon personal losses she has faced, though some are sites of a more universal nature. All bespeak the act of grieving, and in this process many convey a strong sense of catharsis, both for the artist letting go and the viewer invited on the journey to acceptance.

Ellen Jantzen
Losing Reality
C-Train Gallery
4320 Forest Park Ave., Ste. 101

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Monday, March 5, 2012

This Week

Please be sure to check out my March 10-year anniversary raffle for She's Moving Up (or the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe Owns a Tenement House), offered in celebration of the show at the St. Charles County Arts Council.

I am participating in two shows opening this week, including Shoe In, the theme of which the raffle honors.

Shoe In
St. Charles County Arts Council
Lillian Yahn Gallery
7443 Village Center Dr.
O' Fallon, MO
March - April 2012
Reception: Thursday, March 8, 6 - 8 PM
My new If the Shoe Fits series will be featured in Shoe In.

Weave a Vision
Capital Arts
1203 Missouri Blvd.
Jefferson City, MO
March - April 2012
Reception: Sunday, March 11, 1 - 4 PM
A selection of my fiber artworks, including several window assemblages and the Midwest folding screen, will be included in this show in Jefferson City.