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Ellen Mary Siebers

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Siebers’ recent work revolves around the awkward, disconnected, violent and loving relationships that exist between the natural world and oneself. These relationships are investigated largely through two gestures; the act of carving and the act of framing. Carving in that it is an attempt to physically imprint something human onto a natural object. Framing in it is an attempt to selectively identify an illusion or image, while signifying its importance. Yet a framing device removes the viewer from the identified image. The inherited narratives circulate around a moment experienced, not a sequential event, and the drawing line leads the way through the paintings, working to dissect and restrict the figurative from the natural elements. Flattened space and quick gesture is also important, as it relates to the space or environment of memory or internal experience. Within the paintings, she extrapolates stories from works of nonfiction and then interjects her own experience of disconnect from the natural world to try to find these images.