Artist Statement

Certain themes have been a thread through Ellen Chuse’s work for decades. Spanning almost 30 years, these drawings and paintings reflect her engagement with the body and landscape in ways both abstract and representational but always deeply personal. While seemingly diverse in scale and subject matter, the charcoal and chalk drawings from the 80‘s and 90‘s as well as the more recent paintings on paper from 2012 and 2013 all spring from similar forms. Inspired by pine and shad trees from Block Island to Rome and plant forms from many places in between, the work reflects Chuse’s continuing exploration of organic forms in nature and the ways in which they reflect and echo one another in widely varying scale and context.