QIANA ELLIS, jewelry
I 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.
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.