Ellie Hunter

mixed media collage

Architectural and sculptural languages are inseparable in my work and guide my investigation of space. I view architecture as a negotiation of materials, environment, and notions of how humans should interact with a particular structure. Sculpture allows me to examine the varying capacities of these factors to enhance or work against one another.

In my daily practice I use a variety of mediums and scales (from objects to installations) to explore planar collisions, the relationship of plane and line, and the negative or interior space that planes ultimately create. I also employ mediums that evoke tensions and limitations – died wax poured over a wire structure, organic elements bound by fabric or hung from the ceiling, or performance pieces that explore the limitations of the human body when trying to establish shelter and boundaries.

Ultimately, my work pursues the implications of consciously constructed physical space on the subconscious landscape. I am interested in the interplay of emotional associations or perceptions of space, and in the extent to which humans are capable of conforming to varying spatial environments. Along these lines, my work is evolving with my recent move from rural Hanover, New Hampshire to Brooklyn, New York. The transition to my new environment, the observations I make of people living in this metropolitan environment, and memories of my former spatial surroundings all serve to inform my practice.