Drawing from my emotional memory, I make work that strives to express both a wonderment of, and alienation from, the natural world that surrounds us– a world that we are far more intrinsically connected to than we often acknowledge. Often utilizing a subtlety that may allow the content to appear deceptively simple at first glance, my work explores the possibilities of a flexible reality, while trying to recapture the wonder of looking at the world through child-like eyes. I am influenced greatly the human propensity to view life through narratives: visual art, myths, cinematic works and music all play into this desire.

The inception of the work from my most recent series, the inside out, came about a few years ago, when I kept thinking about a line I had read in the surreal “Light Boxes” by Shane Jones: “You never saw it, but there’s a garden inside me.” We all cultivate our own little universes, seemingly without the ability to share what’s growing inside: the complexity, the beauty, the conflicted, the celebratory. I wanted to let the inside out.

As a creative only-child in a small town in central New York State, Katrina Ellis grew up grasping for the magic in the everyday. She received a BFA in painting from Pratt Institute and called Brooklyn home for ten years, before moving to Providence, RI in 2013. Katrina’s work has been included in exhibitions in upstate New York, as well as the city, most notably the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. In 2014 she created site-specific fabric installations for both the Dirt Palace Window Project and GRIN in Providence. Her cats guilt her by meowing loudly when she spends too much time in her studio.


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