What inspired you to begin creating surrealistic work?
I’ve always been inspired by exploration and discovery in physical and intellectual forms. I enjoy observing, thinking, and learning while pushing my imagination and skill sets. The creative process behind my artwork allows me to explore various areas of my imagination and discover subconscious, alternate realities. With my artwork, I hope to provide thought provoking visuals for others to experience.
Where do you source the material for digital work like the pieces in "Sugarlift After Dark"?
I source my material from many places. Sometimes I’m building 3D renders and digital compositions from scratch, and other times I’m cutting images out from vintage magazines and online archives. I don’t let materials restrict or define my work.
What's the most exciting project you've worked on to date?
The most exciting project I've worked on has got to be from my senior thesis, "Solutions by Design". The course was basically an incubator. I spent a year designing a product from the ground up; I pitched to investors, won a few competitions, received a grant, learned a ton, and worked with amazing people along the way. It was pretty rad.
What is your educational background in? Did you always know you wanted to be an artist?
I jumped around a bit, but always in the creative field. My educational career started with fine art, then I toyed around with the idea of art education and eventually found my way towards visual communication & design, which I hold my degree and career in. I've considered myself an artist for as long as I can remember, but design is where I hold my current career as I really enjoy applying critical thinking and strategic approaches towards my creative decisions.
Tell us more about SomniumCollective. What led you to co-found the collective, and what is it all about?
Somnium is a three piece art and design team with a focus on abstract visuals and concrete solutions. We collaborate together on various projects and take on clients who are in need of creative support with print and web design. We're not really a collective, more of a digital agency. It's the three of us, Colin, James, and I began working together a few years back and found that we share share similar visions and display unique perspectives through our creative work. It’s been a great adventure.
What are some of your favorite museums and galleries, in New York or elsewhere?
I can appreciate all museums and galleries. Some of my favorites are the classics, as the MET, the MoMA, the Louvre, and the Dali museum have really resonated with me while I was growing up. However, NYC is a gallery in itself. I’m heavily inspired by street art, from the sneakiest scrawls in sketchy alleyways to elaborate commissioned murals, I can’t walk a block without something catching my eye; and I love that. Also, you guys throw really dope art parties... so there's that.
What does a day in the life of Ellery Mann look like?
I do what I love, I love what I do, and I get shit done.