While building upon her background as an illustrator and graphic designer for print, Ella used much of her time within the Visual Narrative program to experiment with as many different materials and approaches as she could. For her thesis project, she recorded herself playing the part of her distressed protagonist, through voice memos, blog posts, and an installation that was part curiosity cabinet and part memory palace, to share both her conscious and unconscious experiences.
Ella’s thesis mentor was Eric Molinsky.
Thesis Installation, “There Once”MFA Visual Narrative 2017 Thesis Exhibit, July 2017.A multimedia narrative telling the curious story of an isolated, insecure young woman who rediscovers and reaffirms what is truly most important to her. Part immersive sculptural installation (shown), part online blog and voice recordings at there-once.com.
Inktober 2017, “Rescue Me, Remedy” October 2017.A set of ink drawings with handwritten descriptions of the natural essences though by Dr. Edward Bach to heal more than just physical ailments. Risograph-printed into a 32-page zine.
Barnhouse Festival invitation July 2016.A custom illustrated, watercolor-painted, and hand-lettered music poster invitation for a private event.
Kingfisher August 2018.Graphite on handmade paper.
Kaldereta from “There Once” MFA Visual Narrative 2017 Thesis Exhibit, July 2017.A miniature rendition of a popular Filipino meat stew dish. Polymer clay, chalk pastel, painted ceramic plate.
Florals, November 2017.Watercolor commission of floral borders for a 24” x 36” wedding contract.