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Never content in one field of artistic enterprise, I've always been a restless and peripatetic adventurer. While this predicates a career that literally careers from media to media, (photography to painting to digital design to film to writing, with a detour into art rock) I find that each escapade informs the next. The guiding element that propels me forward is an almost constant state of enthusiasm. (Definitely not claiming divine inspiration here, but enthusiasts of any sort might take note: the original meaning of 'enthusiasm' derives from entheos - 'inspired by a god'.)

Clearly certain themes are close to my heart: the fate of innocent species whose paths have intersected those of human civilization, the truths hidden in childhood, the general miraculousness of life. There are also two seemingly diametrically opposed approaches I employ when exploring these themes - the lyrical and the comedic. Guess that's how I view life in general. It is both wildly beautiful and wonderfully absurd.

While the lyrical is what impels the Archive of Ideal Forms, including an upcoming series of nudes with electric guitars, the comedic (with a dash of pathos) is what generates much of the Man vs Nature series.

It seems like both sensibilites may be useful during what I see as a critical juncture in human evolution. Either we find a way to create a more enlightened society, or we may scorch the very ground from which we sprang. It is my sincerest wish to produce work which might cast at least a glimmer of bio-luminescence upon this very crucial human struggle.


Ellary began life as a contrarian, which naturally pointed her toward the realm of art. Her first big artistic project, her senior thesis at the Brearley School in New York City, was a Super 8 film which she shot using the principles of Dada. Ellary went on to attend Boston's Musem School where she concentrated on painting and drawing. Upon receiving her 'Baccalaureate in Artibus Imaginum', she entered a Cambridge Arts Council competition for artists to create public artworks celebrating their neighborhoods. She won, and set about painting a 25-foot long mural of her local fire department - Engine Company 5 - on the side of the firehouse in Inman Square. The Arts Council recommissioned Ellary to repaint it ten years later. The mural has been likened to Rembrandt's The Night Watch. Ellary won an award for it from the town of Cambridge.

Ellary landed in New York again. She worked in advertising and public relations, wrote screenplays and doggerel at night, and became director of the BEARDS FUND, an experimental arts foundation backed by Sandra Payson, daughter of Joan Payson Whitney of the Whitney Museum. Ellary fought to get the Beards board to approve funding for such eccentric composers as John Zorn and such controversial projects as The Times Square Show (which launched the career of Jean-Michel Basquiat and which almost lost Ellary her job due to the scandalous works it presented). Inspired by the death of Sid Vicious, Ellary wrote 'John Simon Ritchie in America' - a multi-media theatre work, complete with Greek Chorus.

Then Ellary gave birth to a beautiful daughter and returned to painting - a first series of underwater Polar Bears based on photos taken in the Central Park Zoo. Long before the world became alarmed at the disappearance of the arctic icepack, Ellary recognized that these wonderful creatures would be the first to suffer from global warming. She was selected by ABSOLUT Vodka to create a four-page holiday ad campaign entitled Absolut Environment and based on endangered species in the Arctic.

Extrapolating from the political theme underlying her Polar Bears series, Ellary began the Man Vs Nature series, some of which were shown at the CONDESO-LAWLER gallery in New York, as were a group of Lightboxes and Iris prints - hybrid photographic images altered in Photoshop.

The possibility of combining her love of language (hours spent delving into Webster's Third International) with her visual ambitions finally coalesced as Ellary began teaching her young daughter how to read. Ellary quickly came to realize that the English language was an amusing and contradictory beast. And, like Alice into the rabbit hole, Ellary fell - into a trance with her mother tongue. After a great deal of research, she developed a speculative online project - PANDELEXIUM - a highly visual gaming website devoted to innovative forms of English wordplay.

With the advent of prosumer video cameras, Ellary's interest in film resurfaced; she bought a Canon GL-1 and shot several art films, most notably Always More Reality (a visual meditation on a text by Jean Baudrillard). The lure of cinema then brought her to Los Angeles, where she has worked in various guises in the film business, from screenwriting (Lucy Does Weather, Blackwater Valley Exorcsim, Art of Dying) to development, casting, and behind-the-scenes videos, both with the film financing firm Blue Rider Pictures and, as partner, with Wiseacre Films.

Having navigated these various artforms, Ellary has concluded that she prefers the alternate universe of painting - here she can be sole arbiter of images. And then there is that transcendental experience of mixing the days colors, and realizing how seeing is an art unto itself. How a polar bear's fur is every color but white. Slathering oils often pigmented with the same stuff of the Old Masters. Viridian collides with Raw Umber, rubs up into Cobalt teal, gets sliced with a trace of Quinacradone Red and yields a color, the exact match of which may never have been seen before except perhaps for an instant, out of the corner of an eye, maybe somewhere in Kashmir. Ah, this must be what godhood feels like - a pure rush. Of course then one actually has to get it onto the canvas and make it do one's bidding. Ah, that's where one learns how one is not a god.

Ellary is continuing her pursuits with the Archive of Ideal Forms.


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Imagekind.com - Many of the artworks on this site will be available at this excellent online print and framing company. This link will take you to my own 'gallery', now in development, at Imagekind.

WilliamTWiley.com (designed entire site)

Wiseacre Films - (Much of the web design, done in I-web, is my work.)

Blue Rider Films



Plingkster.com (in development)