Ellen Leber: I really like the idea of creating an atmosphere that the spectator can immerse themselves into, so I created a small scale paper forest. I wrote a short story about a man who left his village and went in search for somewhere new to live. He found a lake with Narwhales swimming in it and as he carried on he found a settlement in the forest near the lake. However, the settlement had a dark secret… Instead of painting images that tell the story I decided to make a three dimensional set of the forest settlement and the lake where the story is set. This then allowed the spectator to create their own story using the forest settlement as a base. I guess I like to encourage people to use their own imagination and I find it interesting to see how varied different individuals responses are.
See more of Ellen’s art and hear what she has to say about it in our Coloring Book Interview Series #5!