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Ellen Jantzen

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20140131212823-encounter
Encounter, 2013 Digital C Print, Photo Manipulation 36"H X 24"W © ©2012-Ellen Jantzen
20140131212529-let_the_others_follow
Let The Others Follow, 2013 Digital C Print, Photo Manipulation 34"H X 24"W © ©2013 - Ellen Jantzen
20140131212945-toward_profusion
Toward Profusion, 2013 Digital C Print, Photo Manipulation 36"H X 24"W © ©2012-Ellen Jantzen
20140131212903-promise_of_summer
Promise of Summer, 2013 Digital C Print, Photo Manipulation 36"H X 24"W © ©2012-Ellen Jantzen
20140131212613-promise_of_spring
Promise of Spring, 2013 Digital C Print, Photo Manipulation 34"H X 24"W
20140131212744-continuing_onward
Continuing Onward, 2013 Digital C Print, Photo Manipulation 36"H X 24"W © ©2012-Ellen Jantzen
20140131212656-proximity
Proximity, 2013 Digital C Print, Photo Manipulation 34"H X 24"W © ©2012-Ellen Jantzen
20140131212422-leading_home
Leading Home, 2013 Digital C Print, Photo Manipulation 34"H X 24"W © @2013-EllenJantzen
20130407194329-a_resonant_chill
A Resonant Chill, 2013 Photo Montage 24"H X 32"W © ©2013 - Ellen Jantzen
20120924174435-in_the_field_of_gold
In The Field of Gold, 2012 Digital C Print, Photo Manipulation 24"H X 36"W © © 2012-Ellen Jantzen
20130407194140-apotheosislores
Apotheosis, 2013 Photo Montage 24"H X 36"W © ©2013 - Ellen Jantzen
20120924174629-meaning_is_not_intrinsic
Meaning is Not Intrinsic, 2012 Digital C Print, Photo Manipulation 24"H X 36"W © ©2012-Ellen Jantzen
20120924174853-immeasurable
Immeasurable, 2012 Digital C Print, Photo Manipulation 24"H X 32"W © ©2012-Ellen Jantzen
20120924175317-reaching_destiny
Reaching Destiny, 2012 Digital C Print, Photo Manipulation 34"H X 24"W © ©2012-Ellen Jantzen
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Lamentation, 2011 Digital Photo Manipulation 27"H X 20"W © 2011-Ellen Jantzen
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Pleading Innocence, 2011 Digital Photo Manipulation 30"H X 20"W © 2011-Ellen Jantzen
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Obligation, 2010 Digital Photo Manipulation 27"H X 20"W © 2010-Ellen Jantzen
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Dematerializing, 2010 Digital Photo Manipulation 27"H X 20"W © 2010-Ellen Jantzen
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Toss, 2010 Digital Photo Manipulation 27"H X 20"W © 2010-Ellen Jantzen
20150216165115-a_dreamer_s_search
A Dreamer's Search, 2015 Digital C-print 24"H X 32"W © Ellen Jantzen
20150216165118-coming_up_for_air
Coming Up For Air, 2015 Digital C-print 24"H X 32"W © Ellen Jantzen
20150216165121-daydream
Daydream, 2015 Digital C-print 28"H X 24"W © Ellen Jantzen
20150216165125-search_for_unity
Search For Unity, 2015 Digital C-print 24"H X 32"W © Ellen Jantzen
20150216165129-unity_of_timeplaceaction_
Unity of Time/Place/Action, 2015 Digital C-print 24"H X 32"W © Ellen Jantzen
20150722000842-12-04-meadowview26_a2b
Committed To Memory, 2 Digital C-print 32"H X 24"W © 2015
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Committed To Memory Digital C-print 32"H X 24"W © 2015
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Influencing Memory Digital C-print 32"H X 24"W © 2015
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Cohesion Digital C-print 24"H X 32"W © 2015
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Circumferece Digital C-print 24"H X 42"W © 2015
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Portal Too Digital C-print 24"H X 48"W © 2015
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To Have and Have Not, 2015 Digital C-print 24"H X 32"W © 2015
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
St. Louis, Missouri
Lives in
Santa Fe New Mexio
Representing galleries
Susan Spiritus Gallery, Qlick Editions, Bruno David Gallery
Tags
digital-print photography surrealism, manipulations, abstract, conceptual, photography, digital
Statement

 

 

Place of Departure - 2014

(Disturbing the Spirits, part 2)

I was working on my series, "Disturbing The Spirits" when my parents suddenly died.

Place of Departure is the work I have done since.....

I feel that my life has fundamentally changed; but sometimes all seems the same. Where did my father go? Are my parents now united? What does a life mean after it leaves it's body? Does the life-force rise and connect the terrestrial with the celestial or does it evaporate into thin air? These are the questions I am grappling with as I begin my new series; I hope to find my way to an understanding.

I now speak with clouds, the earth...with trees. Words fail me. 

 

 

Reality of Place - 2010

I am intrigued with how a person adapts to their environment; how they are absorbed and changed. I set about to address this through a photographic photosynthesis in this body of work.

Having recently moved to the Midwest after living in Southern California for 20 years I was, at first, unimpressed with my new surroundings. But this move has changed me and impacted my work by forcing me to deal with the reality of a given place. It has helped me pay attention to and appreciate the details of diverse environments.

Having always been intrigued with various aspects of reality, I chose photography as the medium to help me reveal/obscure truths. Traditionally, photography was viewed as an honest replication of the real world. But, as we all know, even from its inception, photographers used their medium to alter, accentuate and eliminate aspects of the "authentic". As I deal with these issues, I've come to realize it is all about the landscape, the environment…. fitting-in, disappearing, blending-in, and perhaps, ultimately embracing.

In this work, I have placed my husband (Michael) in various landscapes and in various poses to both highlight and obscure his presence while celebrating the reality of place.

 

Back to Nature - 2010/2011

At first, I began this series by placing my husband (Michael) in various landscapes and in various poses to both highlight and obscure his presence but more recently I have been photographing headstones in cemeteries and using these as stand ins for the human form. Since headstones represent a person who has passed, my obscuring and blending with the natural environment supports my intrigue with the vagaries of reality.

 

 

Loosing Reality; Reality of Loss - 2011

 

 

I have always been interested in alternate states of reality, but looking over my last few series, those initiated and completed since moving to the Midwest from California, I see that I am also dealing with "loss" in some form; loss of friends, home, youth, and the ultimate loss, loss of life. Death transforms us; reality shifts, but to what?

 

 

I am intrigued with how a person adapts to losses in their lives; how they are absorbed by events and changed. How does one experience loss? Catastrophic losses usually have a face; think war photos, photos from the World Trade Center, crashes of various sorts but I am interested in personal loss. What does loss look like?

 

 

 

I set about to address these issues through a photographic photosynthesis in this body of work; choosing photography as the medium to help me reveal and at the same time enshroud truths.

 

 

 

In this work, I have placed my husband (Michael) in various environments where a loss of some sort has recently occurred. One of these locations is the interior of a house designed by Michael and built by both of us for his mother about 30 years ago. The structure has gone through a radical evolution from its contemporary inception to being filled with antiques. Recently this home was sold as mother was moved to an assisted living home. Clearing 30 years of accumulation to reveal the naked interior was transformative. To ultimately see a new family inhabiting the space has left Michael with contradictory feelings of loss and resurrection.