Hidden Treasure

I’m hoping that visitors to the Polymer Art Archive will often have a visual experience like walking into the diamond vault at DeBeers headquarters: suddenly dazzled by sparkle.

In that vein, let me introduce you to Jo-Ellen Trilling, one of the hidden treasures in my slide collection.

Jo-Ellen had been a painter before venturing into mixed media sculpture which relied heavily on polymer.  Spend a few minutes with these enigmatic tableaus from the 1990’s.  The whimsy begins with the titles, but takes on added depth as you engage with the “magic realism” of her work.

Jo-Ellen has by no means given up painting.  Opening on January 10, 2008 at the Spanierman Gallery in New York City, twenty-five of her recent paintings will be featured in a one-woman show.

Jo-Ellen Trilling, Orange Julius Takes out the Bluebird of Happiness, 1993, 15″h x 16″w Jo-Ellen Trilling, Helen and Paris at Home, 1994, 12″h x 7″w
Jo-Ellen Trilling, Orange and Albert Explore the String Theory, 1999, 18″ x 15″wJo-Ellen Trilling, Rhinodalisque, 1995, 10″ x 10″w

Elise Winters is an art jewelry designer who has worked for the last ten years to promote polymer clay as a recognized medium for fine craft. Additional information can be found on the Mission page. You can see examples of her award-winning jewelry and learn more about her background at www.elisewinters.com Rachel Carren is an art historian and an artist who is devoted to recording polymer history, promoting polymer as a valued medium for fine craft and to the making of distinctive polymer jewelry. To learn more about her background and her unusual blend of skills see: www.rachelcarren.com