Carlson Captures Nature In Art

by April York

Ellen Carlson’s senior art exhibit, “Search for Inspirado,” opens on Friday, Nov. 13. The exhibit will be on display in the Shearer Student Art Gallery.

Ellen Carlson's senior exhibit opens in Shearer Student Art Gallery Friday, Nov. 13.Carlson describes her senior exhibit as “a sampling from the past,” including work from both high school and college. A highlight is the considerable diversity in the media used for the exhibit. Included in her exhibit are ceramic, etching, collage and illustration pieces. Carlson believes that within the “really loose theme” there is something everyone will find interesting due to the great variety of the pieces included.

A studio art and German double major, with her studio art focus in drawing and illustration, Carlson attributes much of her inspiration to be an artist to her father. He is a self-employed illustrator; Carlson feels that being around art her entire life has greatly influenced her.

Her multidisciplinary background has also had an impact on her work. Carlson feels that she combines her majors in a number of ways, and she draws inspiration from her German academic background. One of the pieces featured in the exhibit is a ceramics piece that deals with a German paper-cutting folk art style.

Carlson explains her style as descriptive and precise.

“I really have an emphasis on line; I like to use line and pattern,” she said.

The subject matter of the exhibit is mostly insects and animals, though a few more imaginative pieces are included as well.

When asked how she selects her subject matter, Carlson replied, “I’m just really drawn to certain things.”

When viewers look closely at her work, Carlson hopes that people realize “there’s beauty in more things than you might think.” She hopes that everyone will come out and experience this for themselves through her artwork.

“I really like capturing nature and medical aspects of nature through art, because I think it’s beautiful,” Carlson said.

The opening reception for “Search for Inspirado” is Friday, Nov. 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Shearer Student Art Gallery. Carlson’s exhibit will then run through Nov. 25. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Carlson’s exhibit follows another senior exhibit, Kathleen Burke’s “The Nightmare Project,” which was in the Shearer Student Art Gallery until Nov. 9.


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