Body Double draws on the bilateral symmetry of nature and the geometric notations of the nervous system: within the formal "body" of the painting, the life that animates it resides. Intricate brush drawing contrasts with the spontaneity of translucent metallic pigment forming fractal patterns.

The use of roofing paper as support is tied to the artist's ongoing interest in tar: a primal underground source of fossils, fuel and prehistory, analogous to the upwelling of images from the subconscious mind.

Luscious Darkness: Ellen Ziegler's Body Double New American Paintings, Erin Langner
Body Double Vanguard Review, T.S.Flock
Ellen Ziegler: Body Double Monarch Review, Elizabeth MacDonald