Contradictions and Juxtapositions. By Mackenzie Ellsworth. Candidate Statement.
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By Mackenzie Ellsworth
When I entered IB art I had a basic idea of what art was to me. It was simply a sculpture, painting, or drawing. I strived to be the artist that could do everything, sculpt, paint and draw. I explored different medias such as acrylics, oils, clay, canvas, wood, and anything else I could think to use. I learned to use found objects and incorporate them into projects. I learned to let the ideas come to me and not force inspiration. As time went on I slowly realized I did not have to be good at everything and instead I should explore the areas of art I am most comfortable with. Eventually I moved back toward making jewelry. It is definitely the area of art I enjoy most. I struggle to express purpose and meaning within my jewelry but this weakness gives me more to strive for in the future. I have found it fascinating to study other cultures and how they are able to express so much using jewelry. In addition to the different meanings behind jewelry I have learned to explore the materials used to make it. I try to get out of my comfort zone as much as possible and constantly learn new techniques. Mostly recently I have been displaying my jewelry in different ways, such as photographing jewelry in unexpected places and turning it into a completely different type of art using Photoshop. This is a great opportunity to combine the art I am most comfortable with and something new and unfamiliar.
I have found I have a difficult time planning my art before creating it. Just as a sculptor may begin working with clay with no intention of what it will become, I watch the wire and beads transform into something unidentifiable before fully understanding what it will become. However, as I overcame this bad habit I began planning my art pieces with more meaning causing diversity within my art. The most appropriate theme to explain the diversity in my artwork is contradictions and juxtapositions. This theme keeps me inspired and leaves room for intense contrast in my works of art.
Acrylic & thread
12 x 24
Albert Bierstadt & Pollution
Acrylic & Sharpie
You are the light of my life
You lead me out of the darkness and into the sun
I feel I have been freed
You are more beautiful than a rose
Just open your eyes,
I am hoping you see
You are my love and always will be…
“You are beautiful”
A wooden frame, acrylic, glue, & metal rings
14 ½ x 17 ½
8 x 10
Photograph of peyote stitched seed beads on a tree stump
10 x 8
Glass pearls, Swarovski crystals, & seed beads
Gothic Architecture & Art
Amber beads, glass beads, metal leaves, wire, & chain (in a shadow box)
Black canvas, sharpie & a gear
12 x 24
Juxtaposition & Henna flowers
Crystal, gold chain, & religious charms
Heaven & Earth
Glass pearls, Chinese crystals & lamp work beads