Entry Title: "Transplanting Reality; Transcending Nature"
Ellen Jantzen
, United States
Category: Professional, Fine Art

Entry Description:

This is a continuation and transfiguring of my Transplanting
Reality; Transforming Nature series.

Forests and trees have played a prominent role in many
folktales and legends and have been given deep and sacred
meanings. They are seen as powerful symbols of growth, decay
and resurrection. I am responding by striving to make visual the
ephemeral nature of sacred, spiritual realms.

In this series, I am transplanting replica trees into the natural
world then creating ethereal forms that blend with and supplant
the natural environment. One is artificial, the other a spirit form;
both represent the transcendence of nature.

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About the Artist:

Ellen Jantzen was born and raised in St. Louis but moved to California with her husband, Michael to pursue studies. She spent two years at FIDM in downtown Los Angels. Here, she obtained her advanced degree in 1992. After a few years working in the industry, including several years at Mattel Toy Co. as a senior project designer, she became disillusioned with the corporate world and longed for a more creative outlet. Having been trained in computer design while at Mattel, Ellen continued her training on her own using mostly Photoshop software. As digital technology advanced and the newer cameras were producing excellent resolution, Ellen found her perfect medium. It was a true confluence of technical advancements and creative desire that culminated in her current explorations in photo inspired art using both a camera to capture staged assemblages and a computer to alter and manipulate the pieces. Ellen has been creating works that bridge the world of prints, photography and collage. Ellen is being represented by the Susan Spiritus Gallery in Newport Beach California, USA