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Ellen Lewis Watson
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2014

I draw inspiration for my work from the natural world, mythology, literature, and most profoundly my childhood in Charleston. The landscape, gullah culture, and civil rights movement are deeply embedded in my work. All of my work deals with a strong sense of place and our relationship with the natural world. A recurring motif is the "green man" imagery that combines foliage and human figures. Green Man Imagery is seen in many cultures and mythologies including pagan religions, ancient Egyptian iconography, Christian architecture, and Celtic art. This combination of flora and fauna often reference rebirth, transition, and metamorphosis. All of these interests and influences are woven in with my own observations of the natural world and personal autobiographical references, resulting in work, to use a shamanic term, that is about "walking between worlds".

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