September 15, 2023
950 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02125
Ellen Shattuck Pierce: Taking Place
HallSpace presents Ellen Shattuck Pierce in an exhibition of relief prints related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Included in the exhibition is an artist book of hand colored laser prints, with a relief print cover.
Ellen Shattuck Pierce writes, "Linoleum is a sketchbook for me, a meditative place. Making a linocut allows me to slowly carve lines that are very certain in this uncertain time. ...As a mother and a public school art teacher I have had a window through which to view the pandemic’s effect on families’ lives." For the artist book, The Covid Chronicles, Pierce sent postcard-sized prints to anyone who asked, with the condition that they answer a question related to the print. Pierce writes, "The graphic nature of print and its ability to capture exacting detail made the Covid Chronicles read like tarot cards. Viewers responded to my written prompt and had visual reminders of the pandemic with which to make meaning. The conversations that transpired helped me metabolize the pandemic. I received responses capturing moments of resilience, mutual aid, beauty, humor, and pain."
Ellen Shattuck Pierce lives in Boston, MA. She loves printmaking and its history as a decorative art and medium for protest. She embraces these aspects by using relief cuts to create allegorical scenes of American life in her prints and wallpapers. Her work has been shown in France, the UAE and Cuba. Her printwork will be included in the upcoming 11th International Printmaking Biennial and 5th Global Print in Douro, Portugal. She was awarded a Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in 2022. She attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, graduated from UMass Boston, and received her Ed.M in Arts Education from Harvard. Being part Canadian, she longed to spend time in Canada and moved to Toronto to complete her MFA at York University.