2020 BFA THESIS SHOW
BOSTON UNIVERSITY
COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS


























 

ELLEN KANELLIAS

ellenkanellias.com


Trying to make a collage of time is difficult. When thoughts are scattered, memories fragmented, how can the pieces coexist? Do we break them apart, divide them, separate them further? Or do we allow them a home? A chance to reconcile? A place to heal?

In a sense, these are comics; images placed in a sequential order to convey a message or story. Creating these fictional spaces allows these errant thoughts to come together, though, in truth, it’s an attempt at replicating some semblance of peace in a chaotic mind. These works are whispers of thoughts that I’ve given room to become conversations, allowing internal dialogue to exist in an external, physical space. I give objects identities, inanimate colors voices, things that are long-dead life, and then I use them to tell stories. Sometimes they are wordless, sometimes loud. They are a space to express emotion when the written word feels too permanent but speech too volatile. 

Paper gives me the material to build a home for these wayward memories when it often feels like they have none. The page allows me to provide a space where these vagabond thoughts can rest, even if for just a moment.

Mom and Dad, gouache on paper

Home, gouache on paper

Expectations, gouache on paper

Failure, 2020, digital, 9 x 12“

Objectify, 2020, digital, 9 x 12”