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Jill Ehlert at Stairwell Gallery July/August

“Observed Transcendence”

Jill Ehlert in the Stairwell Gallery

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.  

 Click here to see map of location:   2928 Eastdowne Rd., Victoria, BC, V8R 5R8

Curator - Cornelia van Voorst

Jill Ehlert - Nature Studies

Jill Ehlert - Nature Studies

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.

 Jill Ehlert - "Bounty" 11" X 18"

Jill Ehlert - "Bounty" 11" X 18"

PLANT STUDIES

 Jill Ehlert "Small Wonders 1" 6" x 9"

Jill Ehlert "Small Wonders 1" 6" x 9"

DIRECTED STUDY

I just finished my 12-week "Directed Study" at the Vancouver Island School of Art (VISA) from this past winter semester. I met with Wendy Welch, the director of VISA every second week. 

VISA website describes the Directed Study: This course gives students an opportunity to work on a project under the supervision of a faculty member. Students submit an application that contains a proposal outlining what they intend to work on in their directed study. At the end of the project, students present their work to their advisor and one other faculty member for a final critique. Directed Studies can be taken up to a maximum of four times (Directed Studies I, II, III, IV). Days/times are scheduled on a per person basis. The student and advisor meet on a bi-weekly basis on a specified day and time for the duration of the semester. Directed Studies Students meet for one hour every two weeks and receive 36 credit hours upon completion. Prerequisite: enrollment in the Diploma Program or with permission of the Director. 

Final critique day with left, Danielle Hogan, middle, Jill and right, Wendy Welch. Wendy was my advisor and Danielle wass the other faculty member that was part of my last critique day. 

 "Flow" - JIll Ehlert © - 48" x 48"

"Flow" - JIll Ehlert © - 48" x 48"

Panorama of the installation

  I had 23 new works hung in the "Slide Room Gallery" for my critique.  To see all the drawings click here.

I had 23 new works hung in the "Slide Room Gallery" for my critique. To see all the drawings click here.

New Tryptych - Transformations series

"Changeover" - Jill Ehlert © -  22" x 90" 

  "Changeover" - Jill Ehlert © - Left side - 22" x 30" 

"Changeover" - Jill Ehlert © - Left side - 22" x 30" 

  "Changeover" - Jill Ehlert © - Middle - 22" x 30" 

"Changeover" - Jill Ehlert © - Middle - 22" x 30" 

  "Changeover" - Jill Ehlert © - Right side - 22" x 30" 

"Changeover" - Jill Ehlert © - Right side - 22" x 30"