Ellen Claes (Heusden-Zolder ° 1977) is a self-taught, visual artist. As a creative mind, she draws on a regular basis. Only at the end of 2019 she chooses to give drawing a more prominent place in her life.

preconceived notions of art(ists) and fear always prevented her from doing so.

As an untrained artist she feels free to be “the cactus in the ass of the art world” (Ben Vautier)  and considers being self-taught an advantage.

With her artwork she would like to reach people through her own free-spirited power and also transfer this power.

She finds inspiration for her thinking from Spinoza, inspiration for her drawings from artists such as Madge Gill and Paul Klee, but also in everyday objects and encounters.


I examine the contradiction between controle and the loss of freedom.

In an extremely complex word, we experience the daily difficulty of surrendering to the unpredictability of life. Constant control therefor seems the logical solution.

I wonder if gaining control implies losing freedom. And if so, why do we still feel this need to be in control?

My work is created by surrender to arbitrariness and chance. In this way I try to convey a sense of playfulness and whimsicality that we experience when we can trust an feel free.

I feel that now more then ever, resilience, trust and creativity are needed in order to remain confident despite feelings of not being in control.

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