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February 3, 2010

by Tori Ellison

Bloom by Tori Ellison
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28″ x 22″ 1998
Monotype with serigraph and lithograph on Rives BFK
From the print series “The Spaces Between” (see the portfolio on Ellison’s website for a statement and description).


Tori Ellison creates paintings, sculpture, prints, installation art, and theater design. A MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain, Women’s Studio Workshop, and Jentel fellow, she is collected by the City of Seattle and Paul Allen’s Vulcan and has exhibited in 11 states and abroad, including Portland Art Museum, Bellevue Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum Gallery, and New York’s Grey Art Gallery (NYU) and PaineWebber Gallery. She studied at Cranbrook, Reed College, and School of Visual Arts (New York), and has written about art for the Guggenheim, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Seattle Weekly, Seattle Times, Oregonian, and Artweek.

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  1. February 4, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Thanks, Tori, for this compelling image. Given my state of mind where everything in life seems to be transforming, I’ve had these thoughts before I clicked on your website to read your statement.

    I reflected long on the image, seeing my inner life-force–heart, mind, spirit as in full bloom but seeing as well in the shades that dust the solid parts, hints of constant decline or shedding off for healing and renewal perhaps to bloom again. And then, my thoughts leaped beyond my body into the cycle of birth, growth and blossoming in nature as in the blossoms of spring, the lush bursts of summer, then the dying in the fall and death in the winter; as well this cycle in the universe–the explosion of galaxies when they reach full bloom into bits of new galaxies. Mystical and mysterious, that’s how “The Spaces in Between” you created has struck me.

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