“In my own connection with my femininity, I don’t want to create a situation where it feels very much like us against them, I want to create a situation where it is very much unified and we work together to build a solution.”
I turned up, exhausted and eyes puffy from having stayed up doing some work the night before. I was in no way presentable – in fact, I was pretty rough. I relayed exactly this as we walked into her beautiful home. She simply laughed, brushing it off. “We all have those mornings, don’t we?”. She had a wonderful warmth to her. I sat down and pushed my laptop open as she placed a steaming milky cup of tea in front of me. Perfect.
Ellen Von Wiegand is a lino print artist, originally from the Bay Area, now based in London. Her work is engaging, simple and vulnerable. However don’t be fooled, the process can be long and arduous – a feature that may be missed in how clean Ellen’s prints are. One piece can take a few days alone, making sure every line is perfect and shaped exactly the way she intends. Having been inspired by Japanese woodblock prints, Ellen’s work tries to encapture the delicacy of a lone figure and its relationship with its audience. “I like the softness of it. I don’t feel like we talk about what’s below the surface’ very much and I want the audience to wonder what she’s thinking. To wonder what they’re thinking.”
Her pieces are a beautiful insight into her thoughts and calm. She explains that she uses her pieces to reflect on herself and her place in the world. Colour is an extremely important part of creating each piece, “an element that can change the entire mood” she notes. “Sometimes I have to redo and entire piece if the colours don’t turn out right. And you won’t know until you print it.” Her colour palette is not limited to but explores pastel variations of the spectrum. The cool and muted colours reflect her personality and calm demeanor – a quality that is radiant through her entire home, studio and work.
Ellen sells her pieces on her website at: http://www.ellenvonwiegand.com/