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Ellen Colcord, Coils and Wire

Artists Ellen Colcord and Yann Toma express visions of energy combining poetry, photography and collage.
Music by David Schroeder.
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“My paintings are about otherworldly environments. They are a cosmology of places and objects that reflect exsistence outside the realm of “our” world” experience. I believe the outside world as we know it is a hoax. I am always seeking a more real place of mystical transformation in my paintings”.

Ellen Colcord's formal art studies began at The Art Students League in New York City and Stony Brook University on Long Island where she received a BA in Painting, Philosophy and Writing and a BFA in Fine Arts. Awarded a URECA research grant in 1989, she researched Sienese Religious icons (12th and 13th century) at the Pinacoteca Museum in Siena Italy. The following year she was accepted and studied in a Master's Program at the Academia di Belle Arte in Urbino, Italy.

While in Italy, Colcord began an intense study of icons, particularly those of the proto-Renaissance period, (12th to 14th century). Impassioned by ancient sacred images, she began a series of paintings and assemblages. The images reconstructed again and again became a theme and fire for her work. Fifteen years later, Colcord continues to focus on the mystical and spiritual in her paintings. From 1997-1999 she attended Yale University's Graduate School focusing on Painting and Religious Icons. She has a MA from New York University in Fine Arts.

Colcord has had numerous exhibitions in the United States and abroad. In the last three years she has exhibited in a multi –media format with music and video in Peru, Costa Rica, Italy, France, Mongolia and Guatemala.

2007 Master of Arts New York University, Fine Arts
1999 Master of Art & Religion Yale University, New Haven CT. Painting and Religion
1992 Accademia di Belle Arti, Urbino Italy, Masters Program, Painting
1990 Bachelor of Fine Arts Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY. Cum Laude
1981-1984 Arts Students League, Painting (Rudolf Baranik)