Reception: Saturday, November 3 from 4pm to 6pm
Cheverly, MD artist, Ellen Cornett will be exhibiting a dozen new carbon pencil drawings at the Frame of Mine Gallery on Capitol Hill.
Working in charcoal, pastel and carbon pencil, she places her drawings in the space between reality and imagination. These whimsical and fantastic images are often inspired by fairytales that tickle her sense of humor as well as speaking to some darker parts of her experience.
In trying to plumb the complex narratives of these tales, Cornett combines discordant elements rendered in a detailed, realistic style, incorporating human figures, animal faces, and surreal collections of objects. While the subject matter of each picture varies widely, a number of common motifs, such as human figures with animal heads, and animals in carts or on wheels, tie them together and make them seem like moments in one long, overarching plot. Cornett strives to make something intriguing and meaningful from well-recognized sources.
Cornett is originally from Kensington, MD, and received her BA in Fine Arts from the University of Maryland. She has exhibited extensively throughout the US, been honored with numerous awards, and her work is held in many in public and private collections. Cornett’s studio is in Cheverly, MD, but she has taught drawing and painting at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop for almost 20 years, and feels like the Hill has become a second home.
Frame of Mine Gallery is located at 545 8th St. SE.