Ella Webb (UK) Residence: November 2019

Ella Webb is an illustrator currently based in the Cotswolds, UK. Ella graduated from Camberwell College Of Arts, (UAL) and HDK Högskolan för design och konsthantverk, Gothenburg with a degree in Graphic Design.

Her layered drawings examine landscapes and the natural world; reminiscent of geographical textbooks. Ella brings to her scientific work detailed visions of the earth’s features. Her use of colours directly inspired by the natural world. Ella reveals herself through the observation of her surroundings, translating them into complex and fascinating diagrams, sketches, paintings, miniatures, sculptures and textile pieces. In her spare-time, she collects rock specimens and Kodachrome slides. She has built quite the collection.

She has currently participated in a few residencies:

Sasakawa Foundation, Osaka, 2011. 

Tohoku Art Laboratory, Kamaishi, 2015.

Studio Kura, Itoshima, 2018.

Fish Factory, Stöðvarfjörður, 2019.

Arts Itoya, Takeo, 2019.

As Japan is situated near to a destructive plate boundary, the high level of geographical activity is an aspect Ella hopes to draw on. Focusing extensively on the volcanic activity of Kyushu, Ella plans to create large scale versions of the internal processes beneath the earths crust, revealing the inner workings which shape the landscapes of Japan. These graphic depictions will be placed in the environment as sculptures.

Ella will also be holding an exhibition in Fukuoka, during November and hopes to utilise her time at Arts Itoya to prepare for these.