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Ellen McCord

Mixed Media / Houma, LA

Artist Statement

As a Louisiana native, I am very familiar with Southern traditions and the regional culture. My artwork celebrates life in south Louisiana through paper pulp paintings. The objects preserve the local culture of a region that is unrivalled in terms of its distinctive architecture, landscape and wildlife.

Conceptually, I see Louisiana in terms of modest and unassuming residences, the lush vegetation and wildlife of the bayous, and the makeshift, weather beaten, ramshackle camps and cottages. Winding roads, shot gun houses, mysterious doorways, and elevated camps and houses are true to what we call home. My inspiration is taken from the local bayous all the way to the streets of New Orleans. These elements are translated into paper pulp paintings.

The paper pulp paintings are created in a process in which cotton linters are over beaten so that the pulp is painted on a base sheet of paper using squeeze bottles. The water is then vacuumed out of the paper and set to dry. Torn paper, string, and other natural materials are used to add texture.

The handmade paper gives the images a three dimensional quality and allows me to express my love for texture and color. The loose character of the paper gives a whimsical feel adding movement and life to each finished piece. The unique nature of the medium attracts the viewer to visually experience the ingredients as well as seek the inspiration behind the imagery.

Biography

• Bachelors of Art Nicholls State University
• Private Art Teacher throughout Lafourche and Terrebonne Parish for over seven years
• Nicholls State camps and conferences, Center for the Arts, Lafourche Parish Libraries and other state and local grant projects.
• Director of the Center for the Arts of Houma for two years
• I am presently working on s series of paper pulp paintings based on Louisiana Life and culture.