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Solo Exhibition of Drawings Exploring Themes of Conflict, Misunderstanding and Absurdity


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In meticulously detailed drawings, Ellen Cornett creates surreal tableaux layered with narratives and themes frequently referencing fables, poems and rhymes which incorporate the Maryland artist’s fascination with stories of transformation, artifice, and disguise. In her solo exhibition, Ellen Cornett: Into the Woods, she presents a series of recent works where she manipulates familiar characters into mysterious vignettes exploring conflict, misunderstanding, absurdity and relationships gone awry. While the subject matter of each of the 37 drawings in the exhibition varies widely, common motifs tie them together and make them seem like moments in one long, overarching plot. Using carbon pencil, supplemented by colored pencil in select works, she skillfully renders animals and humans, often wearing animal masks, interacting in unexpected ways in ambiguous scenes, filled with absurd possibilities, where unresolved endings leave room for the viewer’s interpretation. Cornett has presented solo exhibitions at Brentwood Arts Exchange, Greater Reston Arts Center, Marymount University, Fisher Art Gallery at Northern Virginia Community College, and Montpelier Arts Center among others.  Her award-winning work has been selected for curated and juried group exhibits at regional and national galleries, including Touchstone Gallery, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Harmony Hall, Maryland Federation of Art, Nave Gallery in Somerville, MA and FeGallery in Sacramento, CA. Her work is included in both private and public collections. Cornett earned a BA in Studio Art from the University of Maryland, College Park. She teaches drawing and painting at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop in Washington, DC.

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