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Ellen Jewett was born in Markham Ontario and raised among newts and snails. She took to shaping three dimensional forms naturally at a young age.  In 2007 Ellen completed her post secondary honours degree in Anthropology and Fine Art at McMaster University.  While finishing her undergraduate degrees Ellen worked in medical illustration, exotic animal care and was teaching a childrens class on stop motion animation. By the time she presented her thesis, Ellen’s academic and artistic interests in the biological where intrinsically interwoven.

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There’s this thing I used to do when I was a kid to my mom’s VCR. I’d take it apart piece by piece, then put it back together again. But inevitably, there was always a piece or two left over. Something I didn’t quite know what to do with. So, what do you do with that piece? Do you try to fit it back in? Do you try to make it work? Or do you decide you can live without that missing piece?
—  Meredith Grey