Two for Mirth
Medium:Linocut and gold leaf on hanji paper
Paper and Ink: Two magpies in black, flowers and ladybugs. Surrounded by gold ring.
El Ronan’s artwork challenges the belief that scientific exploration has the ability to describe the details of the universe in all forms. Using detailed imagery of flora and fauna as references to totems and icons, she draws on themes of death, myth and beauty, emphasizing the intersection of the known and the unknown. On her artistic process she states, “The process of making is exploratory and devotional, with the end product becoming a relic of that search. My aim is that this relic facilitates for the viewer a reflection of the mystery that results from the pieces of our world we are unable to know. As such, I find it unimportant that they see exactly what I see. What I find important is creating art in which the viewer sees something.”