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Leap Year Artist: Ellie Dent


MINT is pleased to present Nothing to Fear, Nothing to Doubt, an exhibition of works from Leap Year artist Ellie Dent, opening June 1 and on view through June 29 at MINT’s Downtown gallery, 92 Peachtree Street SW. There will be an opening reception for the exhibit on June 1 from 7pm–10pm.

Of the exhibition, Dent comments: “My work is a reflection of being a patient in today’s health industry. Motivated by fear and fetish, I manipulate appropriated hospital materials to create objects that require the act the examination.  Specifically, these materials are ones our bodies interact with that identify us as patients. The objects act as props, souvenirs or mnemonic devices for traumatic experience. Using steel armatures, I present the body as a specimen, heightening the sensation of vulnerability and humiliation. My work is a critique of the display of power in the medical industry and the result of navigating the tenuous battle of gaining and losing control of our bodies during the current political debate on healthcare.”

Ellie Dent (b. 1991) was born in Baltimore, Maryland and received a BFA in painting, drawing, and printmaking from Towson University in 2013 and a MFA from the University of Georgia in 2017. She has exhibited work at the Georgia Museum of Art, Marcia Wood Gallery, Day & Night Projects, Terrault Contemporary as well as exhibited with Satellite Projects during Art Basel Miami 2015. Her work has been published in Hyperallergic, ArtsATL and SciArt Magazine. She is currently faculty at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia where she resides. 

Ellie Dent is one of five 2019 Leap Year Artists. Leap Year, a residency program facilitated by MINT, supports emerging artists through studio space, mentorship, a stipend per W.A.G.E.-Certification guidelines, and opportunities for public art and community service. This exhibition is the culmination of six months in their Leap Year studio at the Goat Farm Arts Center. Other artists in the 2019 cycle are Michelle Laxalt, Danielle Deadwyler, Amanda Grae Platner, and Caleb Jamel Brown.

Earlier Event: April 13
Annual Juried Show
Later Event: July 12
Summer Intern Exhibition