Memory Trace 48" X 48"  © Jill Ehlert - 2013     Pencil, Ink, graphite powder and gesso on paper

Memory Trace 

Artist Statement

 In my series “Memory Trace”, I draw from personal objects of my everyday world that hold special meaning and memories. I construct new contexts for these everyday-objects to inhabit, intermingled with drawings of family members. Removing objects from their normal construct and connecting them with unrelated elements, discovering similar patterns between objects and their relationship to each other is of interest to me.

Through a process of drawing, editing and refining, objects are fragmented and abstracted into smaller components. I create an invented language of hybrid shapes and patterns. Tangled networks flow across the page in a mosaic-like wave, as if part of a stream of consciousness. I work on paper employing drawing techniques incorporating inks, pencil and graphite powder. I apply ink washes in strong contrasts between light and dark. Shadows and silhouettes impart a sense of mood and mystery to the spatial atmosphere.

 I animate these personal objects from my everyday world with family ancestors to express a fleeting moment, a memory trace

Jill Ehlert

2013

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"Through a process of drawing, editing and refining,

objects are fragmented and abstracted into smaller components...

I create an invented language of hybrid shapes and patterns".