As a ‘doubly gifted’ visual artist and writer, I often use both mediums in a single work, the text decorating and explicating and the image illuminating. These are, of necessity, only a selection from a decades-long adventure when images, materials, writings and media bled into one another in an ever-expanding effort to communicate.
As record of a long life invested in visual and language arts this site is, yes,
densely loaded. And yet only a very small offering from the whole.
Ellen Peckham with Dan Welden
Invitation to a Private Space
New York based artist, Ellen Peckham, guides viewers through her home, studio and gallery space with longtime friend, colleague and collaborator, artist Dan Welden.
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During the time of Covid-enforced solitude I began to go through the massive accumulation of work spanning over sixty years. In doing so, I experienced ever-increasing nostalgia (sometimes joyful, sometimes bitter) as each piece evoked a time, place, circumstance.
As my history played out before me, the memories and the pieces, verbal or visual that document it, created an aura: elation, euphoria.
Over all these decades as an artist, I have been given lots of free advice, usually to do less: one medium, one form. As you will see in this book, that advice never worked for me. I have employed the best conduit to communicate each incident, vision, and adventure. And started collecting a miniscule selection from the whole that has become Decades Burning.