Ellen Sampson is an artist, curator and writer whose work explores the relationships between bodily experience, memory and clothing. Using film, installation and sculpture she addresses the manner in which material objects can become records of lived experience and how the traces of these experiences can be read or understood by the viewer. In exploring the resonance of worn and used artefacts, Sampson seeks to uncover how attachment to material artefacts is produced and maintained.
Fascinated by the magical shoes in fairy-tales as a child, Sampson completed a degree in anthropology before training as a shoemaker, learning to make shoes at the famous Cordwainers College in London. After several years of running her own company and working in fashion her work developed a more conceptual angle and she returned to Cordwainers to undertake an MA. Her acclaimed Masters project Absences explored empty footwear as a symbol of absence, loss and grief. Sampson recently completed a PhD exploring our attachment to footwear at Royal College of Art, London.