Ellen Harvey | the artist
The artist Ellen Harvey
Born 1967, Farnborough, Kent, UK.
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, USA, .
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Her work comprises video, installation and painting and is generally concerned with the theoretical and social implications of paintings status as an art signifier within society…
an Interview with Ellen Harvey
I once thought that my life as an artist was totally separate from the fact that I had studied law, but as I get older, I realize that similar concerns motivate both. I'm interested in questions that are fundamental to both fields, such as: who is allowed to do what, who owns what, and how do we structure our society. I think these apparently legal questions have a lot to do with art because the answers to them determine who is allowed or able to express themselves within our society…
These Polaroid looking paintings are all self portraits painted from actual Polaroid photo's. We found these self portrait paintings simple, but yet elegant. They provoke a mysterious feeling of modesty or possibly shyness from this painter…
Ellen Harvey making a welcome mat for the Free Manifesta Headquarters