Ellen Siebers, Studio Plant, 2017, Oil on shaped panel, 9.5 x 9.5 in

Ellen Siebers

Ellen Siebers is a painter based in New York who was born and raised in Wisconsin. Sievers received her MFA from the University of Iowa and her BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With recent exhibitions at Frosch & Portmann (New York, NY), Sardine (Brooklyn, NY) and Field Projects (New York, NY).

Ellen Siebers’ work is inspired by the confined space found in both interior and exterior environments. The use of the square as object-like reference without spatial hierarchy acts as both a container and a window to present a flattened/abstracted view into the figurative subjects, domestic objects, and the circumstances in which they exist. The surfaces are birch panel, with the edges beveled in at 45 degrees. The squared painting edge is eliminated. The painting ground is made from PVA and powdered marble, which mimics the surface of plaster. The surface provides an opportunity to embed form, and both absorb and reflect light, depending on how many layers of oil paint are applied.