Ellen Hyllemose’s monograph from 2011 carrys the titel ”Uncertainty”. In her works you can often be hit by a kind of exciting doubt. On the one hand nothing is hidden: It consists of simple, well known materials as you can find them in ordinary DIY stores, hardware stores and fabric stores – chipboard, rope and lycra. But on the other hand the objects and faces of Ellen Hyllemose’s works are often partly covered by lycra and in this way something is also hidden.
Doubts are the questions that arise and that challenge us and our perception. How you experience your surroundings is different from person to person but there are underlying elements which most people sense due to the physical actions of the body, movement and perception. In Ellen Hyllemose’s works the compositions of materials and actions are complex meetings between ordinary and recognizable elements which in the composition get a new beginning, a new experience.
The artwork is not either-or but both-and. One of the works is a painted surface, a ‘front’, but it is also spatial; the wooden slate has been cut in, bringing forward the lycra covered back of the painting. In this way both the front and the back are activated and the work is both flat and spatial, a painting and an object. It becomes a bodily work which leaves one to experience with the body.
”You can say that I try to exploit and use the doubt or the resistance as a kind of counter movement. I use it to ask questions to the picturesque and to the sculptured, to how we use different materials and to how we usually perceive them. I always return to certain different materials. I think about sculpture when I paint and about painting when I work with the spatial. It is not to paint or to make sculpture, it is both-and.”
Ellen Hyllemose (DK, 1968) was educated at teh Roya Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Recent exhibitions are Landscape Re-configured (solo), Fold Gallery, London, 2015/16, Chart Art Fair (w. Specta), Copenhagen, 2014 + 16, Viena Art Fair (w. Fold Gallery), Volta11 (w. Specta), Basel, 2015, Glue between Landscapes (solo), Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Lokale Superhaufen und andere Anhäufungen, Tiergarten | Galerie Nord, Berlin (with Barbara Wille).
Public commissions: Aalborg University, Ballerup Superarena, Vestforbrændingen, Glostrup, Multicenter Præstø. Ellen Hyllemose has received the Eckersberg medal and Astrid Noach Grant, as well as the Danish Arts Agency’s three-year grant.