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Ellen Holtzblatt
Chicago, IL

In Her Wretchedness (page from the artist book, Sefer Hana)
Woodcut on Japanese paper
8" x 18"


In Her Wretchedness (page 3 from the artist book, Sefer Hana)
Woodcut on Japanese paper
8" x 18"


Ellen Holtzblatt is a Chicago-based artist, working in the media of drawing, printmaking and artist books. Her recent works are studies of biblical themes, making emotional and experiential connections. Holtzblatt completed a book of woodcuts based on the biblical flood as an allegory of rebirth and spiritual purification. The woodcut prints look at the archetype of journeying through water as a mirror of the stark reality of human existence - death, sex, gestation and birth. She has also recently explored the biblical narrative of Hana, developing personal associations to Hana's infertility and subsequent birthing.

Holtzblatt received her B.F.A. and graduate certificate in art therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Holtzblatt has exhibited her work at diverse venues, including the Lancaster Museum of Art, ARC Gallery, Chicago Cultural Center, Little Black Pearl, Woman Made Gallery and Cuentos Foundation.

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