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“I’m interested in the experience of translating digital imagery into material, substantive objects via traditional, hands-on media and processes. Variation (white/oak), Nos. 1 & 2, began as digital images, but came to life as prints, taking advantage of lithography’s methodologies and the beautiful, saturated, transparent nature of ink on paper.
When working on the computer, I move from the extremes of chaotic excess to versions that are more refined, with a sense of stillness that enters in at some point. I seek the elusive moment at which the work appears to hold a truce between motion/chaos/excess and stillness/control/restraint. Though my compositions begin on the computer, the transformation to physicality and materiality is paramount.”
Amy Ellingson’s work has been exhibited nationally and in Tokyo, Japan. She is the recipient of the Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Fellowship and the Artadia Grant to Individual Artists and has been awarded fellowships at the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. Recent group exhibitions include Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture Since 1900 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Unfamiliar Again: Contemporary Women Abstractionists at the Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University. Ellingson’s work is held in various public collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Crocker Art Museum, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum of California, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, and the US Embassies in Algeria and Tunisia. She received a B.A. in Studio Art from Scripps College and an M.F.A. from CalArts. Her public commission, Untitled (Large Variation), is an 1100 square foot ceramic mosaic mural. It is a permanent installation on view in Terminal 3 at the San Francisco International Airport. Ellingson was Associate Professor of Art at the San Francisco Art Institute from 2000 to 2011 and has served on the Board of Directors at Root Division, a San Francisco nonprofit arts organization, since 2011. She lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.