A Well Trained Eye
A Well Trained Eye is a series of printed works that seek to question how particular visual and textual languages frequently associated with truth-telling (such as instructional texts, diagrams or photographs) are used to validate subjective narratives. The works included draw on a variety of source material, including stock images, canonical painting, early photographic manuals and scientific diagrams. Materials vary from CNC routed Valchromat to bespoke frames and vinyl decals.
School of Arts & Humanities
MA Print, 2019
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Working with found contemporary and historic material, Ellie explores the roles that producers and mediators have in shaping our relationships to seemingly neutral or informative material. She is interested in how visual and textual frameworks can facilitate belief systems, such as the cult of celebrity, the unbridled power of science or conspiracy theories. Working from sources that purport objectivity, Ellie uses details, crops and textual fragments to point out absurdities and biases.
Printmaking is integral to these concepts around the fabrication and distribution of knowledge and opinion. The prints Ellie creates often become components of larger installations, shown alongside digital prints, vinyl decals or objects. Her use of prints and their associated histories alongside other materials introduces dialogues around ephemerality, information aesthetics and advertising.
- BA Fine Art, Kingston University London, 2014
- Guest tutor, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University, 2019; Guest tutor, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, 2019; Lecturer and coordinator, National Saturday Club in Art & Design, Kingston University, London, 2016–19; Artist workshop leader, ReachOutRCA, Royal College of Art, London, 2018; Gallery coordinator, Stanley Picker Gallery, London, 2017; Artist workshop leader, Summer Programme, Chisenhale Studios, London, 2017; Print and studio assistant, Art Hub Studios, London, 2014–17; Alumni mentor, Kingston University London, 2017; Assistant primary art teacher, Art Hub Education, London, 2016–17; Volunteer learning assistant, Tate Learning Programme, London, 2016; Visiting tutor, Kingston University London, 2015–18; Printmaking technician, Kingston University London, 2015–16; Internship, Standpoint Gallery, London, 2015
- 'SWAP Editions No.4: BREX-Kit', Creekside Projects, London, 2019; 'Sleight of Hand', Strange Parade, London, 2019; 'Eyes of Many Kinds', CGP Gallery, London, 2019; 'June', SET, London, 2017; 'TEDxEastEnd', Hackney Empire, London, 2017; 'Lie-Tend-Grand', Ladette Space, London, 2016; 'Line of <Flow>', Art Hub Gallery, London, 2016; 'Luftschloss', Tom's Etching Studio, London, 2015; 'Cornucopia', Nice Gallery, London, 2015; 'Once More With Feelings', Lewisham Art House, London, 2015; 'Nowheresville', John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, 2015; 'Meil', Chisenhale Studios, London, 2015; International Exhibition of Contemporary Student Printmaking, 15 International Institutions, 2014; Unseen Photofair, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, 2014
- Print Futures Awards, 2017; Shortlisted, Unseen Photobook Dummy Award, 2014; Into the Wild, emerging artists programme at Chisenhale Studios, 2014