Sun, Jun

LYNN ELLIS: “SILENT VOICE”, MFA Thesis, Exhibition & Artist Talk

MFA Thesis Exhibition & Artist Talk
at Lunenburg School of the Arts
Reception and Artist Talk:
Sunday, June 16, 2019
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Exhibition hours:
June 17 – 22, 2019
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
or by appointment 902-514-7418
This exhibition is the thesis show required for the completion of the Master of Fine Arts degree from Maine Media College, Rockport Maine, US. Lynn completed this degree in May, 2019.
This work is about family, culture and gender. It’s about struggle and success, trauma and healing, its personal and universal. LSA poster
Lynn’s process is to make images that resonate with her, that have personal meaning. Exploring this resonance was the work of the MFA. The work reveals the sublime her own life: a family history of dysfunction and childhood trauma, the push pull of vulnerabilty and resilience. It  is present in her work and in her life as she went on from a difficult childhood to have a successful adult life. 
Lynn uses self portraiture, underwater images and nature to tell this story. She hopes the images will engage the viewer, prompt questions and allow the viewer to create their own stories from the images. 

LYNN ELLIS is a fine art photographer and writer living in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada. She has received a Master of Fine Arts from Maine Media College in Rockport, Maine, USA in May, 2019.
Lynn has been a photographer for over 40 years. Besides photographing her daughter Stephanie, family events and world travel she has always maintained a practice of making personal work. It is this work that lead her to Maine Media College and the MFA program.Lynn lived most of her life in Sydney, Nova Scotia where she practiced the speciality of periodontology for over 30 years. She also taught part-time at Dalhousie University’s Dental School.  She retired from dentistry in 2016. She moved from Sydney to Lunenburg in 2014 where she lives in Old Town with her dog Stanley and cat Charlie. There she is pursuing a second career as a fine art photographer and writer.
Artist Statement 
Lynn’s work connects her inner unconscious emotions and memories to the outside world via photographic image making. The resultant images reflect both vulnerability and resilience which have been underlying themes both in her life and her art.Born into a Canadian working class family of an autistic mother and an alcoholic father, Lynn’s childhood was lonely and barren. However she thrived as an adult becoming a successful practitioner and a happy parent to her daughter. Memories from her past haunted her and surfaced in her image making. She has explored these memories via memoir and photography.The images Lynn creates communicate the struggle to survive and thrive amidst adversity. They speak of family, culture and gender, all of which influenced her art and her life.