Ellen Holtzblatt is a Chicago-based artist, working in the media of painting, drawing, printmaking and artist books. Her latest work focuses on ritual and biblical themes, making emotional and experiential connections. Holtzblatt’s series of paintings, “Yizkor,” is an introspective exploration of the relationships among memory, death and birth. She recently created two artist books. “Hamabul” is a scroll of fourteen woodcuts that look at the archetype of journeying through water as a mirror of the stark reality of human existence – death, sex, gestation and birth. This theme of life and death continues in “Sefer Hana”,an accordion book of woodcuts.
Holtzblatt received her B.F.A. and graduate certificate in art therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She exhibits her work internationally and is in public and private collections, including the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection in Chicago and The Center for Book Arts in New York.