From Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program
Artist: Gabrielle Ellertson
November 11, 1994 - January 15, 1995
Minnesota Artists Gallery
This exhibition will feature three distinct cycles of narrative drawing by Gabrielle Ellertson, who utilizes drawing as a primary and independent art form. Though Ellertson is inspired by the great drawers of modern history, her artistic sensibility- a very fundamental kind of mark-making-is also connected to prehistoric tradition, such as the 20,000-year-old drawings found in caves like Lascaux. Ellerston explores several conceptual themes through her work, including the human body, the stresses and awareness generated by illness, and the “intersection” of religious lessons and fairy tales. “Treatment Plan” reflects Ellertson's interest in making the invisible visible, particularly in her medical drawings, which combine images seen by the artist with those “seen” by X-ray and the CAT-scan technology. Her drawings of body surface, skeletal structure, tissue pattern, and the perceived sensation of pain or illness present a candid and sometimes startling view of physical existence.