Drawing from emotional memory, I strive to make work that expresses both wonderment of and alienation from the natural world that surrounds us– a world that we as humans are far more intrinsically connected to than we often acknowledge. I’m drawn to ornament and pattern, but I also utilize subtlety, allowing works to appear deceptively simple at first glance. I explore the possibilities of a flexible reality, trying to recapture the wonder of looking at the world as we do as children.

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 devastating, the conflicting, 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. In 2014 she created site-specific fabric installations for both the Dirt Palace Window Project and GRIN in Providence.


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