Ellen Ziegler - Body Double 1
  • Ellen Ziegler
  • Body Double 1, 2012
  • Metallic pigment on tar paper
  • 48 x 32 inches
Ellen Ziegler - Body Double Series
  • Ellen Ziegler
  • Body Double Series, 2012
  • Acrylic and metallic pigment on tar paper
  • 48 x 36 inches
Ellen Ziegler - Body Double Series
  • Ellen Ziegler
  • Body Double Series, 2012
  • Acrylic and metallic pigment,
    thread and gouache on tar paper
  • 30 x 54 inches
Ellen Ziegler - Body Double Series
  • Ellen Ziegler
  • Body Double Series, 2012
  • Acrylic and metallic pigment,
    thread and gouache on tar paper
  • 30 x 54 inches
October 2012

Body Double

  • Ellen Ziegler
  • October 3 – 27, 2012
  • Opening reception:
    Thursday, October 4, 6–8pm

Body Double draws on symmetry and geometric symbolism, including within the "body" of the work the life that animates it. These large, shaped paintings variously suggest the body as a form with a waist; an oval in which the body might be reflected, as in a mirror or pond; or a coffin in which a body finally rests. Intricate drawing with a fine brush contrasts with the symmetrical spontaneity of translucent metallic pigment.

The use of roofing paper represents the artist's ongoing interest in tar: a primal underground source of fossils, fuel and prehistory, analogous to the upwelling of images from the subconscious mind.

Ziegler was represented at the Sofia Biennale in Bulgaria in 2011 with a large tar paper installation; her first New York show in 2013 will contain paintings from this Body Double body of work.

Press for Body Double:

Luscious Darkness: Ellen Ziegler's
Body Double.
Article by Erin Langner. New American Paintings, October 2012.


Pioneer Square Gallery Guide:
October 2012.
Article by T.S. Flock. Vanguard Seattle, October 2012.


Ellen Ziegler. Article by Liz McDonald. The Monarch Review, October 2012.