Healing Art in Mixed Media
Tracy Ellyn is an internationally acclaimed artist who lives in Miami, Florida. She works in layers of 19th, 20th and 21st century techniques, often all within one piece, to build mixed media images about life, the creative process, and humankind’s Creation Story which evolves until this day. Her works have been exhibited at The Louvre, SCOPE/Art Basel, The Jewish Museum of Florida, Wynwood, and other venues around the world.
TRACY ELLYN, ORCHID IN COLORED LAYERS, DRAWING, PRINTMAKING A
ND MIXED MEDIA ON METAL, SIZES VARY.
The theme of healing is prevalent throughout both the process and the finished pieces. For this reason, her recent series have been placed not only in private collections, but also in the permanent collections of Sylvester Cancer Center, Cleveland Clinic Department of Cardiology, Lennar Foundation Medical Center, Baptist Health South Florida, and Greenspoon Marder, where her Steven Sotloff Art Memorial hangs facing the Atlantic Ocean toward the Middle East where Sotloff tragically perished on international TV.
TRACY ELLYN, YOU ARE BLOOMING, PAINTING, PRINTMAKING AND PHOTOGRAPHY ON METAL, SIZES VARY.
The artist creates using layers of centuries of techniques, including cyano type, drawing, painting, printmaking, glassmaking, photography, computer graphics and more, layering each technique, like chapters in a book, which come together as a cohesive whole with a message of healing.
Looking closely at “You Are Blooming”, we see tree branches in the center that look like blood vessels, from which beautiful blossoms now emerge in place of disease.
TRACY ELLYN, TREES IMMERSED IN PATTERN, FINE ART GLASS, PAINTING AND PHOTOGRAPHY ON METAL, SIZES VARY.
Nature and the classical elements of earth, air, fire and water are her constant theme. We are part of nature and we turn to it as the life force in times of healing. Trees grow out of the ground (earth), giving off oxygen (air) which dries the artist’s paint, which is layered with her fine art glass that turns sand to glass in a kiln (fire), which is then dipped in inks (water), and processed into metal.
She is a recipient of an Award of Award of Excellence from Manhattan Arts International in the online exhibition “The Healing Power of Art”, 2016. The artist was named in American Arts and Medicine Blog as one of 7 of “The Top American Artists in the Art for Healing Genre.”
TRACY ELLYN, COLORED LEAF LANDING, FINE ART GLASS, DRAWING AND MIXED MEDIA ON METAL, SIZES VARY.
Ellyn’s pieces are sometimes macrocosms, at other times microcosms, but always universes, depicting The Creation both literally and metaphorically. Here, she uses layers of leaves and sand (earth), watercolor and inks (water), glassmaking and frit (fire), and pastel drawing whose excess is blown into its layer (air).
Her artwork has been described as “a harmonious symphony between fine art and spiritual sensibilities”.
TRACY ELLYN, THE UNIVERSE IN CHARTREUSE, FINE ART GLASS, FRIT AND MIXED MEDIA ON METAL, SIZES VARY.
Once she adds light, in various angles and intensities, transformation continues to take place until many of the original layers are practically unrecognizable. The Creation, the artist’s creative process, new births and rebirths are constantly evolving into new and unique universes.
The artist states, “Past, present and future come together in one moment of time. This is a powerful metaphor for life, for our own DNA, and for how we as individuals and as a human civilization constantly change, grow, transform and evolve.”
TRACY ELLYN, UNDERWATER UNIVERSE, FINE ART GLASS, INKS AND MIXED MEDIA ON METAL, SIZES VARY.
Underwater universes evoke the water from which we all came and of which we are all made. Air bubbles, inks, the heat and fire of fine art glass, and pieces of petals and sand from the earth come together in layers teaming with new life and the beauty of hope. The Creation Story and the creative process appear not only as works of fine art, but as images that the artist hopes will inspire us as we evolve through humanity together.
Tracy Ellyn is also the founder and director of the Zen Tov Project, which has partnered with Greenspoon Marder Foundation’s Community Arts Partnership (CAP), along with many other fine foundations that use the arts to save lives, including the Dan Marino Foundation, Young At Art Museum, Casa Valentina, Here’s Help, the Steven Sotloff Memorial 2 Lives Foundation, Ann Storck Center, Arc Broward, and Fund 4 Design & Art Education.
Banner image: Orchid With Yellow Leaf, drawing, photography, and mixed media on metal, sizes vary.
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