Ellingsen focuses his camera on our fragile world, drawing attention to its transience and temporality. His imagesare performative and surrealist, meticulous and archival, and are marked by simplicity and empathy. In his Future Imperfect series, the naked and distinctly organic human body is seen repeated in wild open space. The effect is a play of opposites, equally animal and mineral, flotsam and jetsam, newborn and dead, intimate and expansive.
In his series, The Last Stand, simple tree stumps evoke a theatre, a morgue, a pantheon of gods, the tragic hopes of industry and the fierce resilience of nature. Using his camera, Ellingsen becomes a storyteller and historian. The son of one of the first pioneering families on a far flung island in Canada’s Pacific Northwest, Ellingsen expresses the artist’s responsibility for home: an environment that his ancestors have sometimes nurtured, and sometimes harmed. Ellingsen is represented by Baldwin Gallery.
Medium:Pigment ink on cotton rag
Size:20" x 30"
Size:20” x 30”