Ellie Geary is a visual artist from the East Midlands, currently based in Leeds (UK). In 2010, she graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a First Class degree in Fine Art. She has exhibited her work in group exhibitions across the UK including Sunny Bank Mills (2019), Delphian Gallery (2018), and Cob Gallery (2014), and took part in a residency project at Space One Gallery in Seoul, South Korea (2016).
A DISPLAY OF THE UNINHABITABLE
Part imagination, part observation, these monoprint drawings reference the loss of life and land due to human’s destruction of natural habitats. In both images, the subjects experience physical barriers and thresholds: A human observer as an inanimate vase of flowers displays a vulnerable position, commenting on the limited time to act as well as being a metaphor for the general transience of life. Meanwhile, hope and future prospects are symbolised by the migratory bird journeying towards a single flower.
In A Display of the Uninhabitable, the ear does not hear the plight of the bird above water whose habitat is now flooded, unsuitable for nesting. I am also conscious of how sound travels underwater and how for marine life like porpoises and whales, the noise pollution from human activity can be deadly. The border here is the sea level. I am interested in both sides of this divide.