Through the lens of discarded domestic debris and everyday routines, Ellen Dempsey investigates the politics of the home. She plays with our familiar/strange relationship to the everyday by creating sculptural assemblages from commonplace cast-offs that challenge the neutrality of the spaces we occupy.

Dempsey was born and raised in Nashville, TN.  She studied Sculpture and Printmaking at Middle Tennessee State University and received her MFA from the University of Memphis.  The University of Memphis owns four of her pieces, two of which are in the president’s office.  She was recently awarded the International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award and her work was featured in Sculpture magazine.