Artist Ellen Jewett (previously) is a sculptor from Canada who creates these elaborate fantasy creatures using a clever combination of polymer, cold porcelain and metal wire armatures. Her works, which she describes as “anthrozoology meets psychoanalysis,” each possess their own unique characteristics and subtle details that combine to produce a compelling visual narrative.
In her artist statement, she shares:
Each detail, down to the finest filigree, is free-modeled by hand. Within each piece precision is balanced by chaos. The overarching aesthetic knocks on the door of realism, yet the hand of the artist is never intentionally erased; brush strokes and fingerprints abound. Even the narratives themselves harbor a degree of anarchy as they are rarely formally structured. Rather, I seek to achieve flow states while working to create a fluid progression of unconscious imagery.
Recently, Jewett unveiled a new collection of mystical creatures that have been in the works for the past while, the behind-the-scenes of which can be seen on her instagram. It is clear to see in these latest creations the ways in which Jewett is evolving as an artist, as her arsenal of new techniques and painstaking attention to detail put her sculptures at the intersection of fantasy and realism. See her latest work below and learn more by visiting: