ella dreyfus

"This work is superb, despite it's initial simplicity, it makes deep and raw statements about trauma, secrets and power. It is stream of conciousness teamed with intelligent art."

 
Visitors book, Scumbag exhibition, Stills Gallery, 2008
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"Very powerful. Chilling, evocative...a safe space for exploring the unspoken, the hidden, the taboo. Thank you for creating an alternative space where those whose experience of 'home' has been negative, can bond and feel they belong."
 
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"Very powerful and emotional work. It really affected me. The strength and power and boldness of your work continues in this exhibition."
 
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"The juxtaposition of words with everyday items strikes a universal chord with anyone who has experienced trauma or hard memories. Using brightly coloured letters and simple phrases only evokes the senses more vividly."
 
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"Your work is so strong, so emotionally stirring - it almost reduced me to tears. powerful, complex, beautiful, vulnerable."
 
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"My inner child is nodding and hiding and saying YES! Loudly. Silently. Bravo, a beautiful departure. I want to run my hands over the soft felt letters."
 
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"Resonating work - I thought I discovered a punctuation mistake but realised I had been punctuated!"
 
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"Original, confronting, emotional, potentially healing...again and again."
 
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"We came at a quiet time of day with no one else, but yet the words shouted and we were surrounded by resonance of past pain and redemption."
 
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"Overwhelming, visceral, powerful words and images. The silence of the unspeakable and unprocessable burst through each work and image with a life and voice of it's own. Very moving work."
 
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"I am completely overwhelmed, awed, inspired and profoundly affected by your work. You have respectfully and sensitively explored a variety of subjects that should be viewed and dicussed, yet are often rendered taboo. "
 
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"A powerful, visual and evocative experience. These images trigger memories of my childhood and associated dislocation and emptiness. Experiencing these feelings in my gut and acknowledging them I feel to be a very healing experience. I love how your work comes from your experince of the human condition."
 
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"I've been walking around your exhibition while you have been having a group discussion in the same room. A great insight for me to hear you talk about your work while I see it for the first time. I find the colour, texture, soft lines and intimate presentation so inviting, like a go-ahead to identify and confront traumatic experiences, events and feelings that I am sure most people have but keep hidden away. A rare and wonderful experience."
 
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"It took me back to kindy and pushed me forward to parenthood all at once. A powerful use of text and image in an intimate, emotional way."
 
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"Strong, strong vibrations. Wonderful work, tapping into so many different levels of feeling, memories, suspicions, wondering, comfort zones."
 
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"Beautiful work, especially in the tension between the playful and the personal. It gives the viewer a space to model the words into their own landscapes and memories."
 
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"I want you to stitch me felt fridge magnets that say 'cold hearted'. I'd like to mess with the words, the work offers me that feedom. That these harsh words can segue, melt and find different meanings according to context."
 
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"Thank you for taking the risks of revealing the unspeakable on all our behalf. "
 
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"Something turns inside. Great to see the world of silence given some space."
 
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"Ella, your work is very still and very very moving."
 
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"Important to bring this dialogue into public view. Thank you for not being afraid to open those doors and allow others to face their own histories and present."
 
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