Incised Ink on Clayboard
Ellen LeBow's greatest distinction as an artist is her seemingly endless creativity and the broad diversity of her ouevre which embraces a wide range of media and styles often taking them in radical new directions with fearless inventiveness and verve. Her latest body of work is a series black and white drawings executed in ink on clayboard. In this medium, the artist paints on special white board in ink and then scratches the drawing through the black, inked areas as in dry point etching. LeBow’s new panels attempt to depict the ecstatic, indiscriminate onslaught of life on time. Each one features the decent of a tumbling, cosmic cloud packed with characters “cannibalized,” she says, from personal and artistic influences. LeBow weaves a compressed assault of “divine messengers” that collapse time and space, threatening to at once overpower and exalt the earth-bound life below. As always, the results are stunning in their power and beauty of line. LeBow was a 2010 recipient of the Pollock Krasner award and this year's Massachusetts Cultural Council Award for excellence in drawing.