Born in 1976 in England, Ellie Davies made her love of forests her favorite theme. Born in the New Forest region, Ellie never ceases to roam the woods, from her native New Forest to Fontainebleau in France. Not only for pleasure but also to inspire and create works as poetic as they are mysterious.
Passionate about sculpture during her adolescence, the artist gradually turned to photography. “After a frustrating year at the Art Foundation, I took a darkroom course and realized I could have a creative life without having to be alone. It was a revelation.” She began her career as a photographer with self-portraits as her first projects. “I used myself as a model in order to be able to be independent”, she explains. Initially, mainly focused on portraits or commercial photos, Ellie Davies will gradually return to her first love: the forest.
The real turning point in her career as an artist came when he returned to the New Forest. Fascinated by the power of nature, Ellie finds an inspiration drawn from her childhood: fairy tales.
At the center of these tales, myths or legends, the forest has always fascinated man. A space that seems banal, but which nevertheless remains a pretext for fantasies, magic or even the deepest fears. For Ellie, forests are not neutral because they are always perceived through the filter of individual feelings. Her job is to recreate, in photography, a magical atmosphere worthy of the greatest works of fantasy. An atmosphere that challenges human perception thanks to the upheaval of a “static” nature. A real loss of bearings emerges from her works. The English artist transforms a “simple” forest into fascinating scenes where the imagination takes over.
Ellie Davies’ work can be found in numerous private collections in the UK, USA, Europe, South Korea, Hong Kong, Russia and the United Arab Emirates.