Tim Ellis produces three-dimensional sculptural collages, using a range of historical sources, found objects, techniques and materials. The totemic appearance and utilitarian finish to the sculptures harks back to another age reminiscent of relics from a long-forgotten society.
The sculptures are constructed and sculpted from reclaimed and sourced human-made fragments from a variety of environments. Recycled aeroplane parts, repurposed scientific and industrial machinery is juxtaposed against debris collected from the city and architectural elements sourced from reclamation yards. It is important to Ellis that the sculptures are as sustainable as possible and have minimal impact environmentally. The found forms are subsequently distilled and reconstructed to create objects that could potentially serve, offer a function or imply alternative narratives to a specific location. His titles appear to offer explanations to enlighten and explain.
“I am always keen to reboot older ideas and use them to reflect contemporary concerns. My works act as distorted transmitters or signposts to the past, alluding to an alternative history, where present day concerns are played out”.