University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 601
Rochester, NY 14642
Hello, my name is Ellie Honl and for this second post, I would like to share a little more about my creative process with you.
I first want to give you a glimpse at my creative process by using a diagram I recently created. I feel like there are unlimited ways that one can be an artist and I want to share with you the way that I work.
I always start by observing the environment around me whether I am actively or passively taking part in it. After looking over the art I have made from the last ten years, I recently discovered that I have always been inspired by wonder, and my curiosity about the unknown. That sense of wonder has come from the natural world as well as the human constructed. I do some research about the thing that has inspired me and then I jump into experimenting and playing with process. I evaluate these outcomes and continue experimenting. Why “experiment” instead of “make art?” I feel like it is much easier to be creative when there is no pressure or self judgement. I do more experimenting, then spend time researching things related to the outcomes. I assemble the pieces with this new knowledge while I try to balance opposing forces. Then I re-evaluate and continue creating.
So what is wonder? It is the zone between the known and unknown. It is the child-like sense of awe and amazement. It could also be the sublime, horrific, and grotesque. It is the rapt attention or astonishment at something awesomely mysterious or new to one’s experience.
Over the past seven years, here are some images of things that have inspired wonder in me, and which I have included in my artwork:
The mediums I use to create my artwork are primarily printmaking with the addition of photography, and time-based media (video).
Printmaking is the transference of an image from a matrix (wood block, copper plate, silkscreen) by use of pressure onto another substrate – usually a piece of paper. I love printmaking because of its unique look and its ability to work well with other mediums. Because the original image (matrix) is not destroyed, it allows me to experiment more and to create a lot of variations.
I’m currently using photography in my work in the form of the alternative process technique called cyanotype. I love the moody blues it produces and it is extremely quick and easy. I’ve been making photograms with it by laying objects on top of the paper I’ve coated with the solution then placing it in the sun to expose.
I use stop-motion animation to compliment the whimsical, quirky feel of the prints and to bring their narrative to life. I like that the medium is appealing and more accessible to people. The process is very time-consuming, but the results are like magic!
That is a quick synopsis of my creative process as well as an explanation of the techniques I use to create my artwork. For more images of my artwork and explanations about them, check out my website at www.elliehonl.com Thanks for following and make sure to check out the show Structurally Speaking.
Main Street Arts is fortunate to have such a picturesque home in Clifton Springs, New York. It’s a beautiful spot, surrounded by parks and fun shops; the perfect place to spend a quiet afternoon.
There are quite a few gems in Clifton Springs, and we’d like to share with you a few of our favorites…
1. Nima’s Pizzeria
Nima’s Pizzeria is the best spot for a slice of pizza in town. The staff at Main Street Arts eat there on a weekly basis (At a minimum, possibly more if we’re being honest). Nima’s has been a member of the Clifton Springs community for the past twenty years and is well-deserving of their great reputation for high quality slices at low prices. Stop by for a quick lunch, or just grab a soda or snack for your walk down Main Street. After your lunch drop by Clifton Springs Hardware to pick up an ice cream bar or frozen treat!
18 W Main St, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
2. Explore! The Book Store
If you’re a bookworm you’ll want to make a stop in Explore! The Book Store. Selling both new and used books, this Clifton Springs favorite carries contemporary and classic titles. Pick up a book and camp out at one of Clifton Springs’ many beautiful parks. A good book on a sunny bench can be one of the best ways to spend a summer day.
18 East Main Street, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
3. The Foster Cottage Museum
The Foster Cottage Museum is run by the Clifton Springs Historical Society, a group dedicated to preserving community memory and sharing the story of Clifton Springs. Stop by the museum to learn about the village’s origins, the Clifton Springs’ Water Cure, and to see historical images and artifacts. And while you’re in the area, make sure to stop by the Hospital Labyrinth next door.
9 East Main Street, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
4. Warfield’s Restaurant
One of the most well-known attractions in Clifton Springs, Warfield’s Restaurant is home to some of the most delicious food we’ve ever tasted.
Directly across from the gallery, Warfield’s features “a seasonal menu of elegant country fare with Asian and European influences”. Stop by to enjoy a cocktail in the lounge, a pastry from the bakery, or enjoy a delightful meal indoors or in their outdoor seating area overlooking their beautiful English Garden.
During the month of August visitors may enjoy Jazz in the Garden, an event held every Wednesday evening.
7 W Main St, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
5. Main Street Arts
And last but not least, we invite you to visit our gallery of contemporary art and fine craft, Main Street Arts. Our gallery has over 3,000 square feet of exhibition space, as well as a room for workshops and classes. At Main Street Arts you can expect to see bi-monthly exhibitions in our main gallery space, as well as a gallery store featuring jewelry, ceramics, art prints, and more. Our second floor features four more rooms for solo or group exhibitions, changing every two months.
20 West Main Street, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
We hope you make a visit to Clifton Springs, NY! And let us know if we missed out on any of your favorite spots in the comments.