Ellen Devens
I often think of myself as a tinkerer - making, collecting, repurposing, and combining - making something whole. Each piece is rich with detail and is made up of multiple layers of paint, textile, paper, and found and constructed objects. The many layers and focal points allow multiple points of entry and reward both sustained and repeated viewing.

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Mixed media on canvas
Ellen Devens Mixed media on canvas oil paint, works on paper, fabric, wood, colored glass tiles, metal, cord, leather, beads, lucite, buttons, string
Orange Segment
2008
oil paint, works on paper, fabric, wood, colored glass tiles, metal, cord, leather, beads, lucite, buttons, string
14" x 14" x 1.5"

Ellen Devens Mixed media on canvas original works on paper, wood, glass stones, shell, metal element
Markings
2009
original works on paper, wood, glass stones, shell, metal element
4 7/8" x 4 7/8"

Ellen Devens Mixed media on canvas acrylic, paper
Yom Kippur Lily
1998
acrylic, paper
23" x 16.75"

Ellen Devens Mixed media on canvas wood stick, antique metal mezuzah, fabric, stones and beadwork, various markings
At Sinai
2017
wood stick, antique metal mezuzah, fabric, stones and beadwork, various markings
4" x 6" x .5"

Ellen Devens Mixed media on canvas original works on paper, fabric, large Memory bundle with ribbon, cord, glass flower and dried grasses, smaller sacred bundles in wood tray with blue glass element
Yellow Segment: Dresser Contents
2002
original works on paper, fabric, large Memory bundle with ribbon, cord, glass flower and dried grasses, smaller sacred bundles in wood tray with blue glass element
14" x 14" x 1.5"

Ellen Devens Mixed media on canvas oil paint, metal, handmade fabric bundles, beads, stones, old ivory game piece, works on paper,
Small Green Segment: Ingredients
1999
oil paint, metal, handmade fabric bundles, beads, stones, old ivory game piece, works on paper,
8" x 8" x.75"

Ellen Devens Mixed media on canvas oil paint, original works on paper, button card, wood, handmade fabric bundles, antique military ornament, paper envelope with enclosures
Blue Segment with Important Message
2000
oil paint, original works on paper, button card, wood, handmade fabric bundles, antique military ornament, paper envelope with enclosures
14" x 14" x 1.5"

Ellen Devens Mixed media on canvas oil paint, works on paper, antique Hungarian metal historical memorabilia, beads, wire, leather, photograph, wood
Red Segment
1999
oil paint, works on paper, antique Hungarian metal historical memorabilia, beads, wire, leather, photograph, wood
14" x 14" x 1.5"

Ellen Devens Mixed media on canvas oil paint, fabric, Nepalese antique element, findings, remnant from Kyoto shrine, wood, shell, buttons, ribbon, glass, beads
Tiara
2013
oil paint, fabric, Nepalese antique element, findings, remnant from Kyoto shrine, wood, shell, buttons, ribbon, glass, beads
14" x 14" x 1.5"

Ellen Devens Mixed media on canvas oil paint, wood, glass, antique textile, original works on paper, fabric, beads, stones, metal, shell, suede cord
Scribes Book and Tools
2013
oil paint, wood, glass, antique textile, original works on paper, fabric, beads, stones, metal, shell, suede cord
14" x 14" x 1.5"

Ellen Devens Mixed media on canvas Oil pastel / paint, fabric, paper, painted canvas remnants, painted stamping on antique Turkish textile, beads, glass, glass stones,
Journey
2016
Oil pastel / paint, fabric, paper, painted canvas remnants, painted stamping on antique Turkish textile, beads, glass, glass stones,
9.75" x 9.75"

Ellen Devens Mixed media on canvas Mixed Media, oil, textiles, handmade bundles, handmade small book, wood, cord, stones, beads.
Article 10, Dignity
2018
Mixed Media, oil, textiles, handmade bundles, handmade small book, wood, cord, stones, beads.

This work was created for an exhibit in South Korea. The political climate in the US at this time made me aware that the the word Dignity does not appear n the US Constitution but does appear in the Preamble of the United Nations Charter (1945), the Puerto Rican constitution (1951) and the state of Montana represented by the three scrolls in this work. The word Dignity does appear in the Constitution of South Korea, Article 10.

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