For Sweepings Ellie Collins’ diverse narratives are the catalyst for sound, film and assemblage with thematic cohesion in colour, texture, proximity and form.
Collins favours institutional spaces where she can respond intuitively to features such as carpet, blinds, ledges and radiators.
Sweeping on carpet is frustrating and certain to end in at least partial failure. Embracing futility, the artist rejects ease or perfection in place of something richer, more abstruse and irregular.
During June and July 2018, Ellie Collins wrote something every day for thirty days in response to the word Sweepings
Sweepings 1st July
Brush aside the notion that sweeping statements suffice. Brush truth under the carpet for long enough and a lump will form to trip you up
Sweepings 24th June
They watch as September swirls in the window
She is stooped and weak
A-line skirt hanging slack
Bottom lip snatched by a sudden gust
Sweepings 14th June
Vast mouths filtered planktonic morsels; sustainably straining nourishment from the sea through plates frayed into bristles forming a matted sieve, till commercial fishing vessels ventured further and further into Arctic waters to land giants for the sake of fashion, chimney brushes and upholstery stuffing
Ellie also has an audio artwork from the Sweepings series selected for this year’s Shape Open, Mile End, London, E3.
Event Title: Shape Open 2018 – Collective Influence
Venue: The Art Pavillion, Mile End Park, Clinton Road, London, E3 4QY
Dates: 22nd March 2018 – 5th April, 2018
Opening hours: 10am – 6pm
Private View: 6.30 to 8.30pm, Thursday 22 March, open to the public: www.facebook.com/events/155248175253753
End: 5th April, 2018 at 6:00pm
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