Web Series #2, colored pencil, acrylic, graphite on printed paper collage, 17″ x 15″, 2018
EJE Studio: 205 Viewmont Road (Barn), Germantown 12526 518-567-2110 | One step at threshold
Ellen Jouret-Epstein creates sculpture and wall reliefs in wool felt and other everyday materials — paper, aluminum foil, plaster, kitchen gauze, and wire. Her work often has its “feet” in nature, but develops formally through the manipulation and interaction of materials, and a good deal of chance.
Her recent work consists of quilt- or puzzle-like three-dimensional forms and reliefs, large and small, constructed from multiple elements — color-blended wool felt “skins” transformed through shaping, stiffening, burning or stitching; or, foil and paper that is collaged, folded or compressed, and stiffened. The materials torque to form unique “topographies” when combined.
Another primary body of work explores form and color using yarn armatures as a plastic material brought to life with color from added wool felt or fleece. That has led to playful color experiments with bubble wrap and fleece, and painted wire.
Ellen first exhibited weavings in museums and galleries as part of the nascent fiber arts movement in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1970’s. Following a career in the not-for-profit arts sector and landscape architecture, she has returned to art full time. Her award-winning work has been exhibited in regional shows, including a two-person show at the Millbrook Library Gallery in Fall 2016 (with Louise Kalin, also on the tour).
2017 “Renew,” D-Space, Catskill, New York. Curator: Draga Susanj
“Abstract Evocative,” Woodstock Artists Association Museum (WAAM). Juror: Norm Magnusson.
“Art as Intersection,” Art School of Columbia County, ARTalks Panelist Exhibit.
“Nasty Girls Hudson Valley”, Planned Parenthood Benefit Exhibit, Instar Lodge, Germantown, New York.
2016 “Far and Wide” The 8th Annual Woodstock Regional, Woodstock, NY. Arthur C. Harris Best in Show Award. Juror: Jason Rosenfeld, Distinguished Chair and Professor of Art History, Marymount Manhattan College
“Human Impact: Living in the Anthropocene Age,” Columbia County Council on the Arts Juried show. Juror: Valerie Richmond, artist.
Millbrook Library Gallery, Millbrook, NY. Felt Constructions, with Louise Kalin, Monoprints.
Spencertown Academy Regional Juried Show. Three works. Honorable Mention Award for “landed.” Juror: Nicole Hayes, Curator, The Fields Sculpture Park and Gallery, Omi International Arts Center, Ghent, NY.
Small Works Show, Woodstock Artists Association Museum (WAAM). Juror: Karlyn Benson, Matteawan Gallery, Beacon, New York
The Holiday Show, WAAM.
2015 “On and Off The Wall,” Columbia County Council on the Arts Juried Sculpture Show
Hudson Opera House 18th Annual Columbia County Council on the Arts Juried Art Show, Hudson, NY. Juror: Jack Shear, Ellsworth Kelly Foundation
“A Stitch in Time,” Columbia County Council on the Arts Juried Fiber Show, Hudson, NY
Juror: Marlene Vidibor
2014 Spencertown Academy Regional Art Show, Spencertown, NY
Jurors: Peter Jung, Jung Fine Arts, Hudson, NY
Marie-Claude Giroux & Bill Thompson, Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY
1979 Alta Bates Community Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA. , Fiber Show
Weber State College, Ogden, Utah, 3rd Annual Textile Invitational
1978 San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA., Fiber Show
Horizon Gallery, Mill Valley, CA. , Pacific Basin School of Textile Art Show
Bank of California Mezzanine Gallery, Berkeley, CA., Pacific Basin School of Textile Art Show.