Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Ellen Connor 

BA [Hons] Art

Ellen Connor is an artist based in Dublin. She works in a range of media, with a particular interest in drawing, print and sculptural installation. Her work often explores the boundaries between natural and manufactured worlds, informed by her observations of strange details within her immediate environment. She frequently combines unexpected materials, sometimes using techniques that are deliberately intended to reference Surrealism. Ellen has exhibited in IADT group shows such as Perceived Dimensions (IMMA, 2018) and High Heart (Pallas Projects/Studios, 2021).

Project Description

This project focuses on the natural world, using a variety of media to explore processes of continual change and growth. I have gathered materials from my surrounding environment, such as moss, leaves and cuttings, and created highly detailed drawings of these materials in an almost scientific manner. I am interested in creating ambiguity and disrupting recognition by using only black and white in my drawings. Rather than documenting my drawings in a gallery space, I have installed them in an outdoor setting, which is where many of my materials were sourced. In sculptural installations such as Bath, I have created the suggestion that the natural world has somehow invaded the interior of a domestic space. The stark white of the bathtub is clinical and cold, ordinary and yet slightly alienating, contrasting with the soft organic matter of the dark green moss.