These totems are part of my (Re)Generation Series, expressing contemporary feminist sensibilities, while referencing archaic fertility figures such as Cycladic idols and the Venus of Willendorf. The idea of regeneration affirms our connection to the past, while discovering what we carry forward. I think of them as harbingers of an unknown future, singing out and quietly listening, beseeching each other and us. Their message may be hopeful, dystopian, or in some ways, both. 

Totems
Ellen Schön  Totems stoneware
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Queen
2020
stoneware
31 x 9 x 9 inches

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Ellen Schön  Totems Stoneware
Conversation 1
2020
Stoneware
31" H

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Ellen Schön  Totems Stoneware
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Cry Me a River, view 1
2020
Stoneware
31" H

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Seminal
2020
Stoneware
31" H

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Seeker, view 1
2020
Stoneware
31" H

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Ellen Schön  Totems Stoneware
Plea, view 1
2020
Stoneware
31" H

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Ellen Schön  Totems Stoneware
Three Graces
2019
Stoneware
17" H

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Ellen Schön  Totems Ceramic
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Schön and Schön: From Generation to Generation
2018
Ceramic
44" x 20" x 18"

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Ellen Schön  Totems Stoneware
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Open-Mouth Totem
2011
Stoneware
19" x 5" x 4"

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Ellen Schön  Totems Smoke-fired Clay
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Embrace
2011
Smoke-fired Clay
20" x 6" x 4"

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