Ella Clocksin is a research- and project-led artist, interested in processes of perception - visual and linguistic. In particular, how experiences that are before or beyond words emerge visually in art rather than language.
A cross-disciplinary background in literature and as a psychotherapist informs her interests in the movement in perception between not-knowing and knowing.
Between not-seeing and seeing.
The coming-in-to-being of sensation, feeling and thought is the growing edge of realisation and immediacy of response in all fields in life: in art-making just as much as in the moment-by-moment improvisations of conversations and relationships.
The sense that some experiences are pre-linguistic, difficult or impossible to put into words, is important in her work, because one of art's functions throughout history has been about navigating life's deeper waters.
Widely exhibited in video and installation as well as painting, shows include the RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2017 and 2018, the Eastern Open, and solo exhibitions at the University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry and the Wall Gallery, Ely.
Her work is in the collections of The John Radcliffe Hosptial, Oxford, The Perse School, Cambridge, and many private collections in the UK, the USA, Canada and Australia.
Based in Oxford, Ella completed her MA Fine Art (distinction) at Winchester School of Art in 2010, and taught life drawing there the following year.
Alongside her studio practice, she now teaches drawing and painting in imaginative and experimental workshops, and was until recently Visual Arts Therapist at the innovative School of Life, London.