Ellie Barnet

Artist Statement 


“Emotion, which is suffering, ceases to be suffering as soon as we form a clear and precise picture of it.” -Spinoza


"In the past, figure and landscape were completely separate modes in my paintings. But in my current work, these two modes have begun to merge and interact.


Gathering images from past experiences – my own and others’ – my work focuses on unclear recollections often mired in the feeling of being small and insignificant in a very large world. 


While we often think of time as an agent for fading memories from focus, this work is about the integrating processes of memory and how time can help us distinguish fantasy from reality."