Created and Sold by Ellen Sollod

Ellen Sollod
Art & Wall Decor by Ellen Sollod seen at Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center, Woodinville - All About the Water

All About the Water

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A fanciful representation of microbial matter that assists in cleaning wastewater (vitreous enamel on float glass with etched laminated antique glass). 2011 Located in the main gathering hall of the Brightwater Waste Water Treatment Plant Environmental Education Center, the artwork celebrates nature’s role in cleaning wastewater. Ciliates, rotifers and fungi inspired the imagery but its colorful representation is pure fantasy. Ellen worked with a master glass painter Rahmi Schulz at Derix Studio to realize the project.

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Ellen Sollod

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Ellen Sollod is an interdisciplinary artist based in the Pacific Northwest. Her practice includes large scale, site-specific public art, multimedia temporary installations, artist books, photography and photo-based works. Born in NY and raised in South Carolina, she moved successively north and west, finally alighting in Seattle, where she has made her home for the last 25 years. Ellen has a BA in art history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a MA from the Institute for Urban Studies, University of Maryland. She served as Assistant Director of the Dance Program of the National Endowment for the Arts, Executive Director of the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities and the Seattle Arts Commission. Since 1993, she has devoted herself to her public and studio practice, maintaining an activist role on behalf of the arts in civic life. She recently served as Vice Chair of the Seattle Design Commission and as a member of the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Advisory Committee. Ellen has traveled extensively to Europe, SE Asia, Africa and Latin America. All of this has influenced her work.
Major public commissions include Seattle’s Mercer Corridor, Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Plant, San Jose Light Rail, Olympia, WA Gateway Corridor, Bellingham, WA Arts District, Pier Park (Portland, OR), Morrill Meadows Park (Kent, WA), Harborview Medical Center (Seattle, WA). Her bookworks are included in such collections as Yale University Center for the Book, NYPL Spencer Collection, University of Washington Special Collections and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.