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Nicole Ellis This work is created as an effort to explore a further understanding of myself

“Untitled Self-Portrait” Digital archive. 2020
“Untitled Self-Portrait in Color” Digital archive. 2020
“Untitled Self-Portrait in Color” Digital archive. 2020
“Untitled Self-Portrait in Color” Digital archive. 2020

Nicole Ellis Artist Statement

My work has always been about me; and I believe it to be quite evidently so. Through my use of self-portraiture in combination with physical manipulation, splatters of emulsion, and tears and cuts to the surface; I convey to my audience what appears to them to be a beautiful, dark fantasy but that in fact to me is nothing short of a troubling reality. Mass production of darkroom silver gelatin and cyanotype prints leave me alone in the dark for large increments of time; it is here where I tend to lose myself. Images I use for printing are self shot, and depict myself (or others) in vulnerable spaces. These images serve as a visual diary, or in other words, are an insight into my mind. My use of repetition, reinforces my occupancy with these anxieties. My use of my hands and my physical self (whether it be splattering emulsion, spitting on, urinating on, screaming, etc.) during both the photography and printmaking brings me closer to my work; I feel that it is an actual part of me. This work is created as an effort to explore further understanding of myself; be it both mentally and physically.

“Ghost” Digital archive. 2018
“Uninvited” Digital archive. 2020
“Trick or Treat” Digital archive. Makeup by Sarah Theller. 2020
“Untitled Self-Portrait” Coffee toned cyanotype. 2020
“Untitled Self-Portrait” Silver gelatin print. 2018
“Doll Face” Coffee toned cyanotype. 2019
“Dirt/Bleach” Silver gelatin print. 2018
“Untitled Self-Portrait” Scanned 4x5 negative. 2018
“Untitled Self-Portrait” Silver gelatin print. 2018
"Mold #2” Silver gelatin print. 2018
“Reclining Self-Portrait” Scanned 4x5 negative. 2020
“Reclining Self-Portrait #2” Scanned 4x5 negative. 2020
“Mold” Scanned 4x5 negative. 2018
“Mother and Child” Scanned 4x5 negative. 2018
“Mother and Child” Silver gelatin print. 2019
“Mother and Child” Scanned 4x5 negative. 2019
“Mother and Child” Scanned 4x5 negative. 2019
“Mother and Child” Scanned 4x5 negative. 2019
“Mother and Child” Scanned 4x5 negative. 2019
“Mother and Child” Scanned 4x5 negative. 2019
“Untitled Self-Portrait” Scanned 4x5 negative. 2019
“Untitled Self-Portrait” Scanned 4x5 negative. 2018
“Untitled Self-Portrait” Silver gelatin print. 2018
“Flowers” (from Mom) Silver gelatin print. 2018
“Tiffany” Scanned 4x5 negative. 2018
“Mold #3” Silver gelatin print. 2018
“Mold #2” Scanned 4x5 negative. 2018
“Reclining Self-Portrait #3" Scanned 4x5 negative. 2020
“Untitled Self-Portrait” Digital archive. 2015
“Untitled Self-Portrait” (in Dad’s house) Scanned 35mm film. 2015
“Untitled Self-Portrait” Digital archive. 2020.
“Untitled Self-Portrait” Digital archive. 2020
“Untitled Self-Portrait” Digital archive. 2020