Qiana Ellis

Qiana Ellis

Qiana Ellis

QIANA ELLIS, jewelry
2019/20 Artist in Residence


Qiana EllisI am curious how patterns - visual, seasonal, cultural, emotional - allow us to create our sense of self and well-being and to define our collective consciousness. I have an endless fascination for the regularity of irregularity found in natural growth patterns - the visual language of creation and decay. I am curious about the human pattern, to define the shapes of how we fit to each other, how we feel together, and the scars our presence leaves on our environment.

Many of these patterns and cycles are presented, veiled in allegory and metaphor, in mythology and folklore from across the world. Through my work I seek to stitch my histories into the larger narrative of the human condition, to explore personal archetypes and family mythologies, to honor where I come from, and guide me in where I am going.

I take comfort in the fact that growth happens bit by bit, cell by cell, until the whole is transmuted into something far larger, more complex. We are never again the same, but aggregated, moved forward - marked by the past, existing in the present, creating the future.


ABOUT QIANA
Qiana Ellis is a California-grown multidisciplinary artist and jeweller by trade. She spent her childhood skateboarding barefoot over the hot asphalt of her hometown of Sacramento, racing turtles, waging war, catching crawdads in the creek, and painting rocks to look like ladybugs. Her adventures began on the edge of 18, when she stepped off the train in Oakland with nothing but a backpack full of art supplies to study Photography at the California College of the Arts. Her curiosity led her into a Jewelry and Metal Arts class, where all her plans were derailed in favor of the alchemical delights of fire and the mysteries of metal.  

She earned her BFA in 2012 with a concentration in Jewelry and Metal Arts, and a minor in Writing & Literature. She launched her own brand soon after, and began apprenticing for artists and craftswomen in the San Francisco Bay Area, learning the ins and outs of her trade and the profession of jewelry and product design. Fresh off a short term residency where she was experimenting in contour and color, Qiana will spend her time in Mendocino sculpting in sheet metal and drawing with wire.