Detroit-based artist, Ellen Rutt, makes bold, mixed-media paintings, installations, murals and wearables. Through the interaction of shapes, colors, and textures she tells a symbolic narrative of connectivity and dissonance - questioning the ways we create meaning from non-sense. Her work often has an immersive, performative quality, encouraging the participation of both the artist and audience in the documentation of the piece. Murals act as backdrops, clothing becomes costume, and shape cut outs become prop pieces in an equally playful and dramatic reflection of contemporary life. Ellen received her BFA from the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design in 2012. She has exhibited across the USA and has painted murals in New York, Chicago, Austin and France, among others. She enjoys working for a wide range of clients from Adidas, Polaroid, and Facebook, to local companies and nonprofits.
Ellen's ArtPrize Entries
These are Ellen's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Ellen's Past Work
These are images of past work that Ellen has done.