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Shanice Jackson Ellison

2016 FSP/Jerome Fellowship Artist

The Place I Found at Finnegan Creek

6’ 5” x 8’ x 28’ 6”
Wood, fabricated steel, chalk

Artist Statement

When I was younger, I would explore the strip of trees behind my house multiple times a day. It wasn’t a very large area, so I would see the same rocks, the same mushrooms, and the same leftover refuse from previous visitors. However, each trip would feel like a new adventure. Between the walls made by the trees, I felt completely separated from the suburb around me. I took my Fellowship as a chance to play with the landscape at Franconia. One of the greatest assets to the park is the huge amount of light provided by the vast, unobscured sky. As the light changes around the sculpture, the mood between the two steel walls changes. At different times of day and different times of the year, viewers can continuously return to this piece to observe the physical and visual changes to the space.

Shanice Jackson Ellison


Born:  Indianapolis, IN, 1993
Resides: Minneapolis, MN

• BFA, Sculpture, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2016

Selected Exhibitions
• Collected Residue, Gallery 148, Minneapolis, 2016
• Working with the Collection, Bell Museum of Natural History, St. Paul, 2015

Selected Collections
• Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN