Ellie Irons

Studio Building
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Studio Location
Video documentation of my Watershed installation at Hunter College Times Square Gallery, December 2009 (1:16)
Slide show documentation of Flyway, a sculptural installation on the Dutch island of Schiermonnikoog, August 2009 (1:42)
Artist's Statement

I am a New York-based artist making paintings, drawings and sculptures that explore the continuum between humanity and nature. I actively engage my immediate environment in an attempt to relocate the viewing public and re-imagine the surrounding landscape. Whether my subject is a suburban wasteland or the wildest of forests, I seek out structures that tie my environment to larger ecological patterns, and highlight those connections for viewers to explore in dynamic and unexpected ways. While I base my research on ecology and observation, the art I create is infused with a need to celebrate the unknowable aspects of nature and our place within it. In combining a naturalist’s attention to detail with an artist’s license to translate and recontextualize those details, I find fertile ground for artistic expression.


Ellie Irons

Born Ukiah, California, 1981

M.F.A. Hunter College, CUNY, Fall 2009
Semester Exchange, Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen, The Netherlands, Spring 2009

B.A. Studio Art, Minor, Environmental Science, Scripps College, Claremont California, 2003
Institute for Central American Development Studies, Santa Jose, Costa Rica, Spring 2002

Selected Exhibitions:

Putting-It-All-Together, Climate/Gallery, Queens, NY
BYOA (Bring Your Own Art), X-Initiative, Chelsea, NY

Flyway: Schiermonnikoog, The Netherlands
Where are You, Where was I?, Bushwick Open Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Ellie Irons: Masses and Tributaries, DeFKa, Assen, The Netherlands
Watershed: Thesis Show, Hunter College Times Square Gallery


Visiting Artist, Vassar College Earth Sciences Department, October 2009
Waddenwerk Residency Program, Schiermonnikoog, The Netherlands, August, 2009