6616 Spring Valley RoadDallas, TX 75254
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Ellen Soderquist Artist’s StatementSince 1979 I have been a studio artist, a teacher of life drawing and an advocate forthe nude in contemporary art. As an artist, l create intelligent and sensuous graphitedrawings of the human body. The nude has been a constant in my work since 1963; it ismy art form; and drawing is the primary technique for my expression of ideas. As ateacher of life drawing, l advocate that my students learn the role of the nude in thehistory of art and that they communicate their ideas about humanity through their work.As a lecturer and an author, I bring the complex relevance of the unclothed human bodyto the consciousness of contemporary culture.In my freshman drawing class at SMU, we were taught life drawing as a discipline;however, l was aware that the nude meant much more than that to me. As I laid downthe stick of charcoal after making my first gesture drawing of a nude model, I washooked. There was, in the flurry of charcoal on the surface of the newsprint, Somebody looking back at me. After l discovered Kenneth Clark’s book, "The Nude: A Search forIdeal Form," in which he stated that the nude is “not the subject of art, but a form of art” Iworked for decades to develop a technique that begins with a mass or scribble gesturedrawing that moves through abstracted forms to a tangible essence of humanity. Innumerous series of artwork, l have pursued a conceptual itinerary that spans the gamutof human emotions and relationships and l have explored contemporary attitudes aboutthe nude as well as those of other cultures throughout the history of art.Recently a reviewer described my drawings as “highly developed…elegant andprovocative." I strive to create an individual who is present for the viewer.
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