Ellen Martin, Kevin Hinkle, and Eleanor James
Fractured Flowers is presented by Ellen Martin and Kevin Hinkle, featuring their collaborative series of layered photographs, along with sculptures by Eleanor James.
A long-time admirer of Kevin’s “fusion” technique, Ellen had the idea that he use images from her “Dead Roses” series as a base. This collaboration is Kevin’s first time working with a series of photos from another artist. Without any limitations imposed, he experimented with a variety of his photographs to layer with hers. His images span a range of styles from minimalist to lush, tied to the concept of composites (fusions) that he finds aesthetically pleasing.
The sculptures of Eleanor James more closely resemble whole flowers and incorporate both a macro and micro view of nature. The fractured flowers, portrayed as poppies in Eleanor’s work, represent the interruption of life and beauty by the powers of man.
Kevin said of the dried flower-based works, “I see them as dramatizing the natural cycles of renewal and decay through the combination of three-dimensional objects. They simultaneously extend life in unexpected ways while emphasizing the precarious state of the natural world.” He added, “It was a pleasure to engage in this type of collaboration because it incorporates two points of view. Making composites (fusions) evolved my art practice, and I expect this collaborative process with Ellen to have a similar effect.”
About the Artists:
Ellen Martin is an iPhone photographer and painter. She received her B.A. in Art History from Brooklyn College. Her work has been shown in 2023, 36th Juried Exhibition, Art Alliance of Monmouth County; RAW 2020, The Noyes Museum; and the LBI Foundation 19th National Juried Competition – “Works on Paper 2017″. Awards include cWOW Exceptional Merit Award Winner for Abandoned #153.
Kevin Hinkle is a photo-based digital artist living in Jersey City, New Jersey. His work ranges from minimalist, highly colorful images to lush, fused images. His work has been shown at the Gallery Jupiter, the Paper Mill Playhouse, Rutherfurd Hall, Raritan Valley Community College, The Oyster Point Hotel, the Center for Visual Arts, and Torché Galerie.
Eleanor James is the Owner of Sparrow and Brambles L.L.C. designing sustainable outdoor spaces. She had a solo at Heaven Gallery in Asbury Park in 2023. In 2022, she showed “Shot By Love” at the Whitechapel Project; and exhibited work at the AH Arts Council. She is a member of the Sille Styx Art Studio in Ocean Grove, NJ, and is a resident artist at Over The Moon Art Studio. Her exhibition history includes the Monmouth Museum Juried Gallery Exhibition in 2020.