ELLYN WEISS

ARTIST STATEMENT
I am a visual artist in two and three dimensions, as well as an independent curator, with studios in Mt. Rainier, MD and Truro, MA. I have had over 25 solo or featured shows and participated in many juried and curated exhibitions. I work in a wide variety of media; the materials used in recent shows include wax, oilbar, dry pigment, wire, plastic dip and tar.
My work has for many years been inspired by biological and natural structures and, in the past 5 years or so, by the threats posed by global climate change. I consider this to be the existential threat of our time and am committed to doing what I can to help draw attention to the need for urgent action. Working with various collaborators, I have created installations dealing with the effects of the melting of the polar ice cap (American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2014; McLean Project for the Arts, 2015), the destruction of coral reefs worldwide (Artists and Makers, 2016) and the migration of infectious diseases (Otis street Arts Project, 2017). The latest exhibition, Migration of Pestilence, was reviewed by the Washington Post on Sunday, February 5. (http://wpo.st/htrZ2)
Over the past 10 years, I have curated, with Sondra Arkin, the Zeitgeist series of exhibitions, featuring artists responding to an issue important to our moment in time. Subjects covered have included the diminution of privacy, the meaning of the election of our first African American president and the effects on the human rain of exposure to constant streams of information. The fourth Zeitgeist show, PreConceptual, was held in April, 2017 at Hillyer Art Space in Washington, DC.
I am committed to engagement with the world around me. Prior to becoming a full-time artist in 1997, I practiced environmental law. My work included serving as General Counsel to the Union of Concerned Scientists, which I still serve as a member of the Board of Directors. I am also on the Board of the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill and the Touchstone Foundation for the Arts in Washington.


http://www.ellynweiss.com/

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