December 11, 2018

Can we find meaning in the turbulent chaos of the land?

Ellis O'Connor, 26

I find meaning in the turbulent and chaotic ways of the landscape and elements around me. Everything is temporary, everything is shifting, we can only flow with it not against it. I live on the Outer Hebridean Island of North Uist, an island that sits far off the coast of Scotland facing the full power of the Atlantic. I regularly paint my experience of being outside in the wild often untamed environment and I’ve never felt calmer. It is this feeling of insignificance surrounded by the raw often brutal landscape that grounds me, the nature always prevails. It is important to remind ourselves of this. By producing the art work I hope it will give people a chance to connect with that landscape and respect the nature that is so wild around us, to then cultivate a deeper understanding and inspire others to make a difference.


About The Artist

Ellis O'Connor is a Contemporary Landscape Artist from Scotland living on the Outer Hebridean Island of North Uist working in the field of painting and drawing.

The dynamic energy to be seen in the paintings are Ellis’ response to observed changes in the landscape; ‘the movement and rhythms of the sea and the land … the merging of sea with air, advancing rain and mist, ever changing light - elements that seem to be about something intangible.’

In order to immerse herself in the environment, Ellis makes much of the artwork on site where extreme weather and the elements find their way into the pieces. Ellis describes the process of working outdoors in wild weather as almost ‘performative’.

Tuil (In Gaelic), Flood (In English), 2018Mixed medium oil painting on canvas90 x 90cm