Jill Ehlert - solo show at the Stairwell Gallery - Victoria, BC - July/August
The Stairwell Gallery is a space devoted to the visual arts in St Philip Anglican Church. The gallery is open for viewing Monday to Friday 9am to noon and by appointment.
STATEMENT - JILL EHLERT
The body of work in the "Stairwell Gallery" and Sanctuary explore stages of the Life Cycle. "Birth - Growth - Maturity - Decay - Death - Renewal" - I am fascinated by the series of changes and transformations that an organism undergoes as it returns to the starting state.
The six drawings at the bottom of the stairwell are an exploration into the later stages of maturity and decay. Shrivelled forms of a day lily…the decaying structure of a Hosta leaf…the beautiful form of the poppy capsule -full of seeds ready for renewal.
The two triptychs in the Sanctuary are part of a series titled "Transformations". I combined dissimilar objects such as pomegranates, plankton, pears, decorative curtain tassels, the inner ear and the mechanical structure of a potato masher. These forms were simplified into smaller components through a process of drawing, editing and refining. I intermixed these unlikely combinations, creating an invented language of organic shapes.
The work on the right hand side of the stairwell and the little painted pieces on the bulletin board are invented idiosyncratic shapes inspired from those found within my "Transformations" series - keeping in mind natural forms and stages of birth and growth.
Studies on the bulletin board show my ongoing interest in the structure and stages of nature.
Music by the Sea - Bamfield, BC, July 2017
Music by the Sea is Classical and contemporary solo and chamber music, sophisticated jazz and alternative music—each concert features an unique and diverse selection. Superb acoustics and the spectacular backdrop of Vancouver Island’s mystic, bold Pacific make this truly the most inspiring venue anywhere in the Pacific Northwest—an intimate musical experience in a breathtaking settings.
We travelled to Bamfield from Port Alberni on board the ferry "MV Francis Barkley" booked through the Lady Rose Marine Services. They provide ferry and freight service to Bamfield three times weekly on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Additional sailings during the summer months on Sunday. Passenger service only.
Ucluelet, BC Christmas vacation 2016
We had a wonderful 12 days on the west coast staying at the Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in Ucluelet, BC. We ate a few meals at Howler's Family Restaurant and Amusements where I photographed the sign "Life is Short - Break the Rules". The next two images with trees are view from our balcony, a sunset image and rainy day image, which has flames from our fire place reflected in the window. Interesting seaweed clusters on the beach again this year like last year. Collected some interesting seaweeds and debris. The ocean-worn beverage can echoes the look of the mussel shell. I got a nice little collection of shells and was lucky to find half of an abalone shell - fully intact. The last picture shows the snow at the top of Sutton Pass on our drive home, this pass is half way between Ucluelet and Port Alberni. It was a great holiday, laid back - I miss it already. I always feel so connected and immersed in Nature when I am at Long Beach.
My sources of inspirtation - Big Beaach at Ucluelet, BC
All Photos, video and artwork by Jill Ehlert ©
Intertidal Zone and tidal pools. Ucluelet, BC Canada
Sketch Book work - click on a thumbnail to see a slideshow
The work in my sketch book was done in my room looking down onto the beach below. I was focusing on the black rocks. The last six, I was having fun with mark making -the last two were inspired from the amazing colours and magical world of all the species I saw at the Ucluelet Aquarium.
Great painting location
Burned beach log as a mark-making tool
FOUND MARK MAKING TOOLS
Lecture - “Development of an Idea”
On Thursday March 26, 2015 - I gave a lecture and slide show presentation to the students of Advanced Drawing II at the Vancouver Island School of Art
Some of my sketch books since 1984
Seaweed study from a sketch book page
Black and white study of the various shapes in tide pools. Exploring and experimenting.
Exploring and experimentation.
My source of inspiration for my next series - tidal pools and those fabulous sea weed clusters that are all tangled and knotted up. I took the photographs at Tofino's Tonquin Beach Park.
I am just in the beginning stages for this new body of work; exploring and experimenting in the studio with different approaches. Below are different stages of the work.
The two images below are Stages I and II. They are backgrounds I am preparing for the tangled clusters work. I plan to subdue these pieces a bit more, adding in more areas of white. I will draw intricate pattern with pen and ink, similar to the two pieces above.