Friday, September 7, 2012


A new installation at the Christensen Gallery, Augsburg College Minneapolis....
 On view September 4 - October 25, opening reception October 6, 1-5pm.

vignette |vinˈyet|*
1 a brief evocative description, account, or episode.

Within the Christensen gallery, Vignette employs a few simple devices to create an experience with time and value. Estell was inspired by the linear design of the gallery to create a timeline with a series of changing objects. A collection of live common houseplants covered in gold leaf became these objects. A series of golden vignettes inhabit and stretch across the lengthy wall of the gallery accentuating the feeling of distance and momentum, progression and regression within the spectrum. As the days of the exhibition pass, change will naturally occur in the state of the plants’ lives allowing the audience to observe the subtle effects of the material interaction and the explicit nature of decline within this scenario.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Exhibition opening @ Field Projects New York, NY

Field Projects Show #4
Minutia Militia

Curated by David C. Terry

Dates: May 24th- June 3rd
Opening: Thursday May 24th, 6:00-8:00pm

Join us Thursday, May 24th, for the opening of Field Projects Show #4: Minutia Militia.  The works in this exhibition were recently selected by NYFA curator David C. Terry from our first nation-wide Open Call.  Ten artists were selected for Show #4 based upon their stellar work and art practice.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Throw at Steinhilber Gallery, University of Wisonsin, Oshkosh

Within the Steinhilber gallery space, there are 30 stones presented. Each of the stones has been left where it fell after I threw them at the permanent wall in this space. Using pedestals to elevate, separate and visually articulate the stones and the space around this wall, I wanted to create a kind of landscape of ‘implication’ around the action that took place here as well as activate the individual stone pieces themselves.

Friday, February 10, 2012

In the Background - New work for SGCI New Orleans exhibition!

New print work for the In the Background portfolio exchange and exhibition that will be featured at the Southern Graphics Council International in New Orleans this year, March 14 -17. One of 14 works in the collection, this piece was created from an original large scale watercolor painting that was scanned, redesigned and printed to reference a pattern for wallpaper design titled, Lines of Protection (bubblewrap). This project was made possible by a career development grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts council and the McKnight Foundation...thank you. I'm very excited to be a part of this exchange!

Below is a description written by Yoonmi Nam of the portfolio theme being exhibited....
"In The Background exchange portfolio will be a tribute to our decorative and commercial printmaking history. The styles, patterns and the subject matters depicted in each print reveal how we locate ourselves geographically, socially, culturally, and historically: where we live, where we came from, and where we want to go.

Often in the background, the use of wallpaper throughout history has been of an ephemeral nature. Whether it was used to transport ourselves to a picturesque French landscape in our own living rooms or to cover and conceal what lies underneath, wallpaper has the ability to create a mood and atmosphere. As styles changed over time, so did the coverings on our walls.

Artists will make their own wallpaper designs based on their diverse interests and backgrounds while addressing the culture of this man-made environment and the potential transformation of an interior space. Using both conventional and unconventional subject matters, each print will be a sample wallpaper section with the potential to expand to become a continuous pattern. The completed portfolio could resemble a high-end wallpaper sample book providing a sense of potential to be used as wallpapers, and at the same time, each print will be able to stand alone as an image."