Proverbs is an on-going body of work using photographic images and audio recordings that engage with the contemporary landscape of Uganda while exploring its layers of memory.
While the proverbs themselves exist as a result of concentrated wisdoms based on experience, the images here do not attempt to portray the age-old wisdoms. Rather, they seek to create a platform which might allow them to be re-imagined. Wandering through this unfamiliar landscape, Ellis’ photographs linger on the people and its landforms.
Fluid in approach, there are no fixed stories to tell, or no conclusive outcomes to communicate, rather an overarching narrative considers how place is experienced, in terms of its aesthetic values, and for the layers of memory and history that it holds.
The Peoples Park is a work in progress that engages with the liminality or the ‘not yet’ which is evident in the Forest Park in Galway city, one of Ireland’s largest urban forest parks. Rather than contructing a narrative or fixed impression of a geographical location, this work instead sets out to investigate the peripheries, and the paths that connect them together. This process concerns itself with a contemplation of space that is neither an imagined one, nor an actuality. It is a construct that is open at either end, almost in the realm of daydream, one where the viewer can consider the space and imagine what once was and yet what could be.
This body of work documents the space inhabited by a small alternative community in the West of Ireland. By exploring the private world created by the people that live here, this work adopts a silent and contemplative tone, and seeks to engage with this space and its inhabitants, rather than expose it. Through carefully negotiated access and many discussions, the work becomes a catalyst of my experience and the time spent making the work. Carried out over a period of over three years the images reveal the harsh depths of winter and the warm fertility of summer. The images tell the stories of the people that belong here, but only ever show a glimpse of their presence
This body of work explores the idea of 'home' for a large community of brazillian people living in Gort, Co. Galway, culminating in a documentary that challenges and renegotiates the media's representation of that community.
Vestige: a remaining trace of something that once existed. These photographs try and preserve a sense of a space that faces uncertainty and change.