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  • Meet the IAF: Wendy Ellertson
    by Wendy | March 17th, 2010 |

    (Ed.: For the sixth profile in our Interstitial March project, please welcome IAF Executive Board member Wendy Ellertson. To see the full scope of Wendy’s work and thought, check out her website at www.ellertson.com and her new blog Wendy’s Wanderings and Wonderings at wendyellertson.blogspot.com.)

    Wendy Ellertson

    Who are you and what do you do?

    As with most of us drawn to the IAF, personal description is complicated. I am an artist, craftswoman, storyteller, writer, wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, community activist, Unitarian Universalist, lover of dance, myth and the worlds of the in-between. I have lived in the inner city in Boston for four decades and am energized and savor the challenges and reality of urban life, but was born in California and maintain a passionate connection to the Pacific ocean, the Redwoods, and the mountains of the western U.S.

    I exhibit my artwork in major fine craft shows across the country, participate in a writing group, am helping build a coalition of local artists and work to battle against injustice. Recently I began exploring the worlds of cons and exhibited at Dragoncon, Arisia and Boskone in 2009 and may show up at the 2011 Worldcon in Reno. I also work with children at a community center near our home, fostering their creativity and helping them feel grounded in the world. I’m working on becoming an “elder”, not just “older”.

    What first attracted you to the interstitial arts?

    It was my husband, Jon, who first saw the Interstitial Arts foundation website. I was in California visiting family early in 2006. He emailed me and said “Wendy, this looks like you!” For a long time, we had enjoyed Ellen Kushner’s radio show “Sound and Spirit”. She must have mentioned the IAF that Sunday resulting in Jon’s checking it out. One look at the website, and I agreed I had found my tribe. In June 06, I attended Mythic Journeys put on by the Mythic Imagination Institute in Atlanta and met Ellen, Delia, and many other artists, writers, musicians, philosophers and activists passionate about stirring up creativity. I realized that the path I had been walking down all my life was filled with other likeminded folk relishing being artists without borders. I became a member of the IAF board later that year.

    How do you consider your work interstitial?

    Every time I apply to an art show or try to describe my art to others, I realize how poorly my work fits into any traditional category. At various shows, I’ve been listed under “mixed media”, “non-wearable leather”, “fiber-dolls”, “sculpture”, and “dolls and puppets”. None are a good fit. Take for example the 10-foot leather and textile dragon I just installed on a spiral metal staircase for customers in their Baltimore condo which used to be a church.

    Wendy Ellertson's Dragon

    Wendy Ellertson's Dragon

    Wendy Ellertson's Dragon

    The materials are plongé leather, textiles (provided by the customers from their travels in the Far East), wood, wet-formed rawhide, clay (head + hands and feet of rider), beads… Mixed media, yes, but so much leather and fiber that it doesn’t “sync” in that category. Is this in the sci-fi, fantasy or mythic realm? The real point of the piece is that it represents my customers’ travels in the Far East. I wrote the beginning of the legend of these two creatures, “Zeleckaa and Agupo”, but I leave it up to the customers to carry the story further…in fact, to add to the piece as they travel more. The rider holds a bag for new items, a book to write in and would be happy to have new items attached. The dragon “flies” attached to the staircase from their bedroom up to their work loft, hopefully inspiring dreams and creative work.

    Or – how would I describe these two pieces of my “Caretaker Series”?

    Wendy Ellertson's Portochrono  Wendy Ellertson's Epistologio

    On the left is “Portochrono, the Keeper of Time”. All the watch parts had been in my studio since I wandered Portobello Road in London when my brother (one amazing costume designer) was dying of AIDS in 1990. The timepieces were waiting for the right creature and moment to be used. I incorporated other items that hold time – stone, wood, a crystal, a leaf fossil, a book, a trilobite gifted to me. (You’d be amazed what folks send to my studio!) I created the piece just before Dragoncon. Lots of folks saw it as “Steampunk”, a concept I had never heard of. On the right is “Epistologio, Caretaker of Word and Story”. Is this a sculpture? A doll? A story? At the American Craft Council show in Baltimore this February, a young woman asked if I had put “life force” into this piece because she was so drawn to it. Hmm.

    And then there are the leather journals with faces that I create like this one which folks love or are made uncomfortable by. Either response is fine by me.

    Journal by Wendy Ellertson

    I believe that objects have a power and a force within them, just as music, poetry, stories and dance do. I love to see people connect to that essence. It is not important for me to be able to put a label my work. It just is. I take seriously the obligation of artists to keep creative energy swirling in the universe. We are fortunate to be able to tap into it and make it manifest.

    I appreciate artists, writers and musicians who create in specific categories, but suggest that all humans step into the more unknown, the in-between spaces, many times in their lives. Some of us just relish living and dancing there!

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    5 Responses to “Meet the IAF: Wendy Ellertson”

    1. Geoffrey Long Says:

      The dragon is absolutely fantastic, Wendy! I also love the notion of becoming an elder, not just older. That’s definitely a philosophy I’ll remember.

      One question, though: the dragon is magnificent in how it wraps around a spiral staircase’s banner, but what kinds of beasties might you design for other areas of a house? What kind of critters might you create for a traditional staircase, for example – or what part of a home might best house, say, a griffin? :)

    2. Wendy Ellertson Says:

      Good questions! We have a ceramic dragon head made by an artist friend emerging from the wall of our kitchen. The artist used to make tails as well. I’d
      like to have the end of a tail emerging from the wall near my studio to see what
      stories might emerge thinking of the dragon within the walls. I’m always intrigued
      to see what creatures seem to emerge especially when challenged by a site. A griffin?
      probably a roof!

    3. Linda Esterley Says:

      I had the distinct pleasure of spending a few days with Wendy, taking a workshop from her. It became one of those markers along the timeline of my life. Creative, talented, knowledgeable, so open to share any & all techniques and sources for materials…and something else – something uniquely Wendy. a walk through the woods to lunch became a trek through fables and legends and stories made up on the spot. wendy is one of the most fascinating women I’ve met.

    4. Deborah Atherton Says:

      It was great to learn more about you and your work – and that dragon is truly, truly awesome – we’ve been following its progress for a while, and here it is, emerged, fullblown, ready to fly off that staircase.

      I love it that your two caretaker pieces were perceived as “steampunk” – the genre rose to meet you!

    5. Meet the IAF: Felice Kuan ¦ The Interstitial Arts Foundation Says:

      [...] (Ed.: For the seventh profile in our Interstitial March project, please welcome IAF Executive Board member Felice Kuan. Previous profiles in this series have included Wendy Ellertson, Deborah Atherton, Erin Underwood, Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman and Geoffrey Long.) [...]

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