Beyond the Fence Ellen Picken

Between Summer and Autumn | Oil on Clayboard | 37 x 48 | 2023

EWU Gallery of Art Presents

Beyond the Fence
Ellen Picken

Feb. 15th, 2024 – Apr. 12th, 2024
EWU Art Building

Admission is free

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 9am to 6pm
Closed Weekends, Holidays, and for Spring Break March 25-31, 2024

Artist Website:


Opening Reception and Lecture | Thursday, February 15th, Noon

Join us at the opening reception for Ellen Picken’s exhibition Beyond the Fence with some light refreshments and a lecture from the artist about her work.

Pickens simultaneously organic and geometric abstractions are part of a long tradition of universalist, spiritual abstraction. Her works invite viewers to investigate ways of knowing and being, celestial and earthly, physical, and intangible.

Location: Eastern Washington University Gallery of Art is located in the Art Building situated in the center of the fine and performing arts complex on the EWU campus in Cheney, Washington.

Hours: Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9am to 6pm and closed weekends, holidays and for spring break March 25-31, 2024.

Admission is free

Beyond the Fence

Artist Statement

“Ancient men and women tucked inside their secret homes hint at things gone and to come. The snake appears every few years, maybe more frequently now. Lightning speaks. Whatever I try to hide will find its way out. However far I reach inward, there will always be the unknown buried there from the beginning, a star, a seed, a night hallucination.

The selected paintings and prose are abstractions of dreams I’ve had from childhood on. I’ve arranged them to coincide with the seasons, the turning of the Earth, and the cycle of a life. Over many years of dreaming, certain characters, events, and places return. This is one cycle.”
– Ellen Picken

Between Winter and Spring | Oil on Clayboard | 48 x 60 | 2023

Ellen Picken

Ellen Picken

Artist Bio

Ellen Picken lives in Spokane, Washington. She has been painting large scale murals for the last decade and co-directing art films with her partner, Rajah Bose, for FactoryTown.

Learn more about Ellen’s work on her website:

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