Ellen Chuse
Medium: Painting and Drawing

Studio Location:
280 Nevins Street
Studio # 2nd floor

Phone: 718.789.5808

Email: ellen.chuse@gmail.com

Website:: www.ellenchusefineart.com www.440gallery.com

Artist Bio:
Ellen Chuse has been part of the Gowanus Arts community for over 20 years. After receiving her BFA and MFA in Sculpture where she specialized in hand built ceramic clay, she spent a year in Italy on a Fulbright Grant. After the birth of her children and the growth of her career as a childbirth educator, working in clay became difficult so in the early 80's Ellen began to work exclusively on paper - moving from charcoal to pastel and eventually to paint. In all her work regardless of medium she values the intuitive process and exploring organic forms in nature. In 2018 she had her 6th solo show of paintings on paper Dark Matter at 440 Gallery where she has been a member since 2007. In April of this year her work was included in Art On Paper and during the summer her work was on view at Site:Brooklyn and Gallery MC in Manhattan.

Artist Statement:
What am I looking at? Is it a form or a void? How can a form that seems heavy appear to float? How can forms which initially appear black be filled with color? Where are we? These are some of the questions that arise in Dark Matter, my exhibition of recent paintings on paper at 440 Gallery last spring. I have continued this exploration in my new work this year.

Emerging from my sense of desolation after the 2016 election, these paintings gradually evolved from feelings of anger and despair into a meditation on form and color. Forms which have been part of my visual vocabulary for decades are here pared down to their essence. Even in their simplicity there is a dance - forms pushed together or held apart by invisible forces while floating on fields of saturated color. These paintings can feel ominous or playful depending on their color and the mood of the viewer. As always, I want the viewer to bring personal associations and experiences to each piece.

All images and text copyright Ellen Chuse