ELLEN CAMILLA ROSE
Ellen’s practice explores the way people interact with the spaces they inhabit and how they engage with one another. As an artist working predominantly between photography, drawing and painting, she is interested in the impact that she, as observer, voyeur, participant has on the resulting images. She employs a combination of realism and abstraction to distort her images further from reality, in an attempt to come closer to a shared truth with her subjects and audience.
Her current series of works are based on photographs that she has taken over the last few years amongst close friends. She feels that the opportunity to capture people in environments in which they are most at ease allows for her to observe a deeper scope of emotion. Over time she has noticed a repeating mood within the scenes, one that she is trying to explore and draw out in her process, exaggerating colours, gestures and subtly directing the focus of the composition. The mood is one she feels emanating from her generation, but finds it hard to describe in words. She thinks it has something to do with their collective inability to focus. Seeking connections in a world saturated with connectivity, yet still feeling loneliness. They are trying to decide which desires and which paths to follow in order to find meaning and direction in life, but the answers always seem to remain just of reach. She is attempting to capture this mood as it makes itself visible in peoples introspective moments, fleeting and ephemeral.