Ellen Hackl Fagan makes her paintings by pouring paint around the forms of commonplace, mass-produced objects placed on wet sheets of paper or panels – little fruit cartons, fragments of floor tile, paper towels, bubble wrap - letting the paint perform autonomously as it reacts to the objects. Ghostly traces of forms and patterns floating in a universe of saturated color, gives her work an elegiac air. “I call this ”blind" painting. For me, it's the "not knowing" that moves me forward.” Throughout her career, Fagan has had over 30 solo exhibitions. She exhibits her artwork throughout the greater New York metropolitan area and Northeast, and has works included in permanent public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe. Currently, her work has been the full color feature in print in Post Road Vol. #37 Winter issue 2021. She has been the subject of multiple interviews both on the air and online including WBYX’s radio program out of Yale University, and the New York Public Library’s Artist Interview series. Known widely for her generosity in offering artists opportunities, Fagan is also a fluent and experienced curator; as creator and director of ODETTA Gallery, www.odettagallery.com, she has curated and produced over 80 exhibitions showcasing well over 250 artists. Recently the pandemic inspired her to pivot to a new exhibition paradigm of online curatorial practices as founder of ODETTA Digital on the Shim Art Network, and ODETTA Petite, offering services enabling artists to better navigate social media tools and to develop their own curatorial voices and gallery spaces, both virtually and in physical. Fagan maintains her studio and curatorial practice in New York City, Connecticut, and Indianapolis, Indiana.

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