I am a Vancouver based artist interested in the creative interpretation of my reality. How I see the world and my place in it is my impetus for creative exploration, as I define my universe through inventive place-making.
I’ve created these artworks by extracting pixels from photographs and using the resulting shapes as building blocks in new compositions. I’m intrigued by the idea of taking artifacts of past experience captured digitally, destroyed and then recomposed into something new. The image takes shape as I intuitively layer these photographic fragments, constantly searching for a composition that will resonate with me.
I begin by mining my digital collection of thousands of photographs I have taken over many years. Having captured the material world in digital form, I further break it down into idiosyncratic pixel shapes that I use to start the composition. I continue in this way until I’m satisfied with the image. This methodology references my training as a lithographer where I would build up the image by layering successive images. I have taken this process and moved it digitally.
My figurative sculpture explores hybrid identity and alternative representations of the self as a reflection of embodied experience.
Ellen Scobie starts with photographs but has become a master at layering different images into an impressionistic whole that harkens to memories both individual and archetypical.
— Will Gibson, juror, Cross Pollination: 14 contemporary artists in digital media
Ellen Scobie: CV
2017 Barcelona Academy of Art, Summer Studies in Sculpture
1989 London College of Printing, England, Certificate Studies with Distinction
1984 University of Manitoba, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Art History), Dean’s Honour List
1980-82 University of Victoria, Liberal Arts Studies
2011 The Interior Sea and Memory Ambushed, Unitarian Church, Vancouver
2009 Memory Ambushed, Plaskett Gallery, New Westminster
Selected Group Exhibits
2017 49 at 74, Works on Paper by Canadian Artists, Marbury NYC, New York City
2017 4th Annual CODAaward Winners, The Octagon Museum, Washington, DC
2016-17 Arts Alive Oak Bay, Public Sculpture Competition, Victoria, BC
2015 Members Exhibit, Malaspina Printmakers, Vancouver
2015 A Tribute to David Suzuki, Hot Art Wet City, Vancouver
2014-15 Mixed Media Exhibit, Der Teufelhof, Basel, Switzerland
2014 Kingsbrae Garden Canadian Sculpture Competition Exhibit, New Brunswick
2011 Refresh, Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver
2010 Cross-Pollination: 14 Contemporary Artists in Digital Media, Digital Art Guild, San Diego
2010 PIPE ‘10, Penang International Print Exhibition, Penang State Art Gallery, Malaysia
2010 Window Views, CityScape Community Art Space, North Vancouver
2009 The Red Dot Affair, Maple Ridge Art Gallery, Vancouver
2008 Night of 1000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York
2008 Snap to Grid, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA), Los Angeles
2008 International Digital Art Show, Inaugural Exhibit of the Museum of Computer Art (MOCA), Brooklyn, NY
2008 Summer Salon, Isabella Egan Gallery, Vancouver
2008 One 4 One, Maple Ridge Art Gallery, Vancouver
1986 The Manitoba Society of Artists 54th Art Competition and Juried Exhibit
1985 Barbequing in the Core, Ace Art, Winnipeg
Awards + Commissions
2018 Sculpture commission, Big Pants, a 6-foot terracotta abstract figure. Client: Herschel Supply Company flagship store, Vancouver. Commissioned by Omer Arbel Office.
2014 Finalist, Canadian Sculpture Competition, Kingsbrae Garden, St. Andrews, NB, Canada
2008 Honourable Mention, International Digital Art Show, Inaugural Exhibit of the Museum of Computer Art (MOCA), Brooklyn, NY
2010 Cross-Pollination: 14 Contemporary Artists in Digital Media, Catalog, Digital Arts Guild, San Diego
2010 PIPE ‘10, Penang International Print Exhibition, Exhibition Catalog, Penang State Art Gallery, Malaysia
2008 MOCA: Museum of Computer Art, Brooklyn, New York, Inaugural Exhibit Catalog