The American South is a land of strained history and ever-healing wounds. Ellen DeLoach, a native of Cobb County, Georgia, seeks to extract the spiritual essence of place, unearthing soil rich in both turmoil and triumph.
Mixed media works like Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield are at once violent and graceful. In her Nesting series, DeLoach has removed the idea of a horizon line altogether, leaving raw, emotive color and texture. Though she works in a variety of media including oil, fiber, collage and encaustic, her process is most deeply rooted in drawing. Energetic contour lines, both 2-D and 3-D, wind through the artist’s thickly-layered compositions.
DeLoach’s figurative pieces complement rather than contradict her landscapes, turning ideas of destruction, scarring, and forgiveness inward to the female form. Layers of melted, carved wax suggest both plowed soil and torn flesh. Loosely inspired by the Biblical story of Ruth, DeLoach’s women exude both physical and spiritual resilience.
DeLoach’s landscapes and figures also act as stand-ins for her own personal adversities. Her testimony is reinforced by the autobiographical materials she plants within her paintings, from familiar dirt to the wedding gown she wore as a bride at seventeen.
For the last five years, DeLoach has flourished under the tutelage of Abstract Expressionist painter and Guggenheim fellow Michael David. David writes of the “fierce beauty” of DeLoach’s work, “…she creates a history, a record of loss, triumph and redemption.”
Ellen DeLoach; Blackbird; October 11, 2013; Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
In the Mood of Matisse; April 4, 2014; Bill Lowe Gallery; Atlanta GA
Fine Arts Atelier; February 26, 2014; Bill Lowe Gallery; Atlanta Georgia
Spring Resurrection; April 26, 2013; Bill Lowe Gallery; Atlanta GA
2nd Annual ArtCAN; November 3rd, 2012; JCM Monastra Foundation; Bill Lowe Gallery; Atlanta, GA
Elements a Pictorial Dialogue; September 7, 2012; Bill Lowe Gallery; Atlanta, GA
Paradisio; May 4, 2012; Bill Lowe Gallery; Atlanta, GA
Sacred Portal; March 30, 2012; Bill Lowe Gallery; Atlanta, GA
Sotheby’s Atlanta Fine Homes; December 1, 2011; Bill Lowe Gallery; Atlanta, GA
The Irascible Muse; A Coming of Age; November 11, 2011; Bill Lowe Gallery; Atlanta, GA
Driven to Abstraction; Limelight Gallery; Atlanta, GA; 2009
“Knowellwood Mansion”/Atlanta Symphony Fundraiser-Atlanta Georgia: 2012