Dominique Ellis explores the intersections of pattern through printmaking, ceramics and textile design. For over a decade, her visual practice and research investigates sociolinguistics, architecture and global craft traditions. She is a visual artist and researcher and is currently the Retail Manager and Gallery Coordinator at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA.
Ellis received her M.F.A. in Printmaking at Tyler School of Art in 2013. She was awarded a U.S. Fulbright student scholarship for Egypt, as well as an Arabic language grant for 2009-2010 and was based in Cairo, Egypt. She served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco, from 2006-2008, working for the Moroccan Ministry of Handicrafts.
Garden (Feast) of Paradise On view at The Clay Studio: July 24-September 2, 2018 Reception: Friday, August 4, 2018 – 5:00 PM Philadelphia, PA: The exhibition highlights the cultural and aesthetic influences of Islam and the Middle East on the work of six contemporary ceramic artists: Ibrahim Said, Julia Galloway, Sanam Emami, Anat Shiftan, Sarah Heitmeyer and Dominique Ellis. The curators Sanam Emami, Anat Shiftan and Dominique Ellis designed the gallery specifically to indicate the visual comparisons between these artists’ work as a metaphor for the shared culture between the US and the Middle East. In a time when some in the West demonize the world of Islam, we want to highlight the beauty and contributions that this diverse culture offers. Additionally, we want to give greater focus to the historic contributions of Islam and Middle Eastern cultures to the world of ceramics. Our work has consciously been influenced and persuaded by this heritage, particularly for this project and relative to our time. Our intention is to point out the closeness and the relative visual comparisons that we share as ceramicists, and as a metaphor for what we share in our larger lives.
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