Drawing from emotional memory, my work 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 am drawn to ornament and pattern but also allured by the mood that subtlety can convey, which allows some 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.

My most recent work came about 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. As women, we can often nurture to the point where we give so much of the self that our own wants and needs can be lost, buried, or unrecognizable even to ourselves. I wanted to let the inside out.


As an imaginative only-child in a small town in central New York State, Katrina Ellis grew up grasping for 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 has created numerous site-specific installations and her work has been included in exhibitions throughout New York and the New England area. The ocean both inspires her and competes for her time in the summers.