ELLEN LESPERANCE Ellen Lesperance (Djerassi, 2014) was born in 1971 in Minneapolis, and currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Her work has been exhibited widely, most recently at the Drawing Center, New York; the Seattle Art Museum; the Portland Art Museum; and in the People's Biennial (traveling). Lesperance’s work is represented in the public collections of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum; the Museum of Art and Design; the Portland Art Museum; the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and at the Kadist Art Foundation. She received an MFA from Rutgers University in 1999. www.ellenlesperance.com “There is definitely a tranquility to working in such a beautiful environment, and one that is so quiet and distraction free. It allowed me to really concentrate on the task of painting at hand. I am a city person so a lot of the nature-specific roving of land and exploration was lost on me… but it was fantastic to work through the night and into the morning, and then just climb up into the loft and go to sleep. I am so thankful for the time and resources afforded me at Djerassi.” Above: S.O.S., 2013, gouache and graphite on tea-stained paper, 41 x 29.5” Right: Land of Feminye II, 2013, gouache and graphite on tea-stained paper, 41 x 29.5” Far right: February 7, 1983, 2013, gouache and graphite on tea-stained paper, 41 x 29.5”