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june 2019

12jun7:30 pmElla Squirrell - To Belong Or Not To Belong?A TALK ABOUT PAINTING, DRAWING, FILM AND PERFORMANCE


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 ‘Ella’s painting arrives from an interest in the oscillation between the dualities of sexuality, gender and mixed ethnic identity and the associated sense of marginality’

This talk accompanies the exhibition of Ella’s work which runs from Tuesday 7th to Saturday 29th June and is free to view with donations to the LSi being gratefully received.

About the Artist

Ella grew up in In Symondsbury in Dorset and returned to Bridport after her Fine Art Degree at Falmouth University. She received the Wilhelmina Barns Graham Award in 2018 and embarked on a month travelling through Italy, visiting Florence, Rome and Sarteano in Tuscany. Following this trip she completed a two month internship in Iceland working for Artist Ragnar Kjartansson, a contemporary, multidisciplinary performance artist. Returning to Cornwall Ella took up a residency at Porthmeor studios, where she used the writing, photographs and sketches from her travels to inspire a new body of work.

Ella went on to be selected for the FBA Futures annual exhibition at Mall Galleries in London. FBA Futures is the UK’s biggest annual survey of emerging contemporary figurative art, selected by the Federation of British Artists. It maps new practices and ideas of representation and draughtsmanship across painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking by the outstanding art graduates of 2018

Ella’s painting arrives from an interest in the oscillation between the dualities of sexuality, gender and mixed ethic identity and the associated sense of marginality. One of her concerns is how place contributes to the sense of belonging and not belonging.  Stimulated by the semiotics of language and imagery, Ella works from photographs, associations, memory and writing. Play and experimentation are at the heart of her process, investigating how imagery evolves through painting falling in between indiscernible and representational figuration. Ella often works from photographic archives as well as her own photographs and from Life, desiring to document not only what is seen in a moment but also what is remembered, felt and understood.

The works exhibited are a selection of works, inspired by her time in Cornwall, Italy, Iceland, Berlin and Dorset, investigating the effect of these places on her painting. Ella has recently introduced her writing, performance and singing into her practice, and has collaborated with Film maker Boris Hallvig to begin a series of short films in response to her Songs. There will be a screening of this work and discussion alongside her Paintings.

Date & Time: Wednesday 12 June at 7:30pm

Venue: The Literary & Scientific Institute, 51 East Street, Bridport DT6 3JX

Tickets Free from Tourist Information, donation payable to LSi

Also available from LSI and Eventbrite


(Wednesday) 7:30 pm


Bridport Literary and Scientific Institute

East Street, Bridport


Box Office01308 424901 Bridport Tourist Information, South Street, Bridport, DT6 3LF

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