Ellen Mueller

Survival Skills


This series examines the idea of survival from a variety of vantage points, from wilderness survival to intellectual survival. Imagery is pulled from old art history textbooks, personal training manuals, Garth Williams’ illustrations from the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, and posed satin gloves. This work builds on my interests in navigation of capitalism, preparedness, absurdity, and high contrast – both visually and conceptually. Using a variety of media, from watercolor spills and color aid paper, to matte medium transfers and china markers, I use layering to convey new meaning from various juxtapositions. The intimate scale of the works invites a closer look and an opportunity for viewers to find connections.

Prints available here.