Josiah Ellner

Region: Midwest


City / State: Chicago, IL

My paintings translate moments of connection between people and nature, captured through the lens of a digital native. They are narratives that revolve around the tumultuous relationship between humanity and the natural world. I am drawn to moments that embody the feeling of oneness with nature; the formal decisions I make in my work are all informed by the characteristics of these moments, which tend toward the awkward, whimsical, playful, and sometimes slightly humorous. This results in ungainly and awkward figures and environments that are patterned and playful. Through these abstractions I strive to achieve a heightened narrative that encapsulates the connections and the concealed discomfort we have with the natural world.