Artist Statement & Biography
Each of us sees life through our own web of experiences, passions and inclinations. As an artist I try to make sense of the world through story, practice and my hands. I tap into the swirling creative energy of the world, share it and encourage the creativity of others for the perspective and understanding it can bring to life.
Wendy Ellertson was born in San Francisco, CA and grew up in the Bay Area, Chicago and Cleveland. She holds degrees from Stanford University, Boston College and studied at the Cleveland Art Institute. She has been an active member of the fine craft community for over forty-five years, dancing around and through many media categories always accompanied by her figures which incorporate leather, clay, wood and a deliciously eclectic array of contemporary and ancient materials, techniques and dreams. She exhibits her work across the U.S. via major craft shows, galleries, and museum shows. As a member of the Interstitial Arts Foundation she enthusiastically supports border crossing work and storytelling in all its varied forms. Her studio and home are in Roxbury, an inner city neighborhood of Boston where she and her husband have lived for 50 years and raised their four children, occasionally some chickens and rabbits and always tomatoes.