Angela Ellsworth is a multidisciplinary artist traversing disciplines of drawing, sculpture, installation, video, and performance. Her solo and collaborative works have taken in wide-ranging subjects such as physical fitness, endurance, illness, social ritual, and religious tradition. She is interested in art merging with everyday life and public and private experiences colliding in unexpected places. Her work has been reviewed in Art News, Fiber Arts, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Canadian Art, Frieze Art, Artforum, and Performance Research. She has presented work nationally and internationally including the Getty Center (Los Angeles), Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney, Australia), Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Warsaw, Poland), National Review of Live Art (Glasgow, Scotland), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Los Angeles, CA), Crystal Bridges (Bentonville, Arkansas), Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver, CO), Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (Scottsdale, AZ), and Phoenix Art Museum (Phoenix, AZ.) Awards and grants include Art Matters, Franklin Furnace, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, New Forms Regional Initiative Grant, from Mexic-Arte Museum, and DiverseWorks, funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation. Ellsworth is a Professor in the School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University and Founding Director of the Museum of Walking.
2001 - present
Walls can be spaces of comfort and rest, places against which to lean when one's legs become tired from supporting the weight of the entire body. But what if walls, essentially functional spaces, could become places of potential physical pleasure as well? Wall Ticklers are sculptures made from pearl corsage pins, strategically mounted on walls at pelvic or head level. The sculptures, which second as mini-massagers, provide "wall leaners" with an alternative to mere leaning, turning the vertical spaces into an experience of ultimate relaxation.