Katrina Ellis views the creation of her mixed-media artworks as a kind of visual storytelling. Pulling from traditions of craft and from the human attraction to mythos, she utilizes repetitive mark-making and patterns to create paintings and objects that inform each other and imply a greater narrative. Drawing from her emotional memory and the natural world, she expresses both a wonderment and alienation, often with a subtlety that may allow the content to appear deceptively simple at first glance.

As a creative only-child, Katrina grew up grasping for the magic in the everyday. Her work explores the possibilities of a flexible reality, while simultaneously trying to recapture the wonder of looking at the world through child-like eyes. Ellis is influenced greatly the human propensity to view life through narratives: visual art, cinematic works and music all play into this desire.

Katrina Ellis was born in rural Central New York State in 1981. She lived in Brooklyn for ten years after receiving her BFA from Pratt Institute, and after a year in the Hudson Valley (NY) she relocated to Providence, RI, where she currently resides. Katrina’s work has recently been included in exhibitions at GRIN (Providence), the LORE Collection (Providence), and at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA) in Peekskill, NY. She created a large-scale site-specific installation for the Dirt Palace Window Project (Providence, RI) in November 2014.


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