British artist Ellie Mawby is an artist whose artwork reflects her interest in surfaces, or to be more specific, the skin's surface. " Observing skin discolouring and bruises, marks left by clothes, scars and birthmarks, the variations of tones and the many connotations of skin have become the bases of my ideas and concepts", she explains.
"My practice as an artist revolves around finding qualities that are pleasing to the aesthetic senses and pondering over the ideas of what is ‘beauty’ and the subjectivity that surrounds it, working against the typical and common definitions of what is beautiful by focusing on the decay/damage of nature and the body."
Her artwork is "based on the serendipitous, the accidental and the elapsed. My thoughts mirror my practice – using found objects and materials, embracing the fortuitous marks in which ink creates, allowing my hands to sculpt the clay before my mind has a chance to envision an outcome – and my processes and techniques are a significant part of my making, allowing me to show a transition and development between works and to create work which holds ambiguity – forms, drawings, photographs that have been created by my subconscious and are visually confusing and compelling. Made up of fragments, I juxtapose a variation of materials that are either a metaphorical representation of the body or traces of my own touch; applying latex to hand-made ceramics, lifeless flowers with used make-up wipes, collages with stones and coral - the contrast between materials are symbolic of the body’s elements."