Ellen Mueller

Value Study

Value Study - DETAIL

Pictured here is the first in a series of wall-based curtain installations. I’m exploring ideas of adornment as both an instrument of self-empowerment, and as a tool of engagement with systems of consumption. This work builds on previous projects focused on capitalism’s effect on day-to-day living, whether in terms of housing, food, work, relationships, etc. I use both recognized and altered home-goods to reference the everyday.

Below is the second piece in the series. A photograph of the first work is printed onto a new shower curtain, and new materials and forms are arranged in front of it. Items morph and change. Layers are added and items are masked. Precision starts to get lost as scale and color shifts, mirroring out-of-control growth in other realms.

Green Gloves collage

Below are a series of watercolor drawings influenced by this ongoing installation project. These were started early during the pandemic and continue as a means of reflection.

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