Ely artist Lizzie Ault shares eel illustrations
08:00 25 May 2022
An artist from Ely has shared the eel’s “fascinating” life story through her own illustrations.
Lizzie Ault, who has lived in the city for several years, plans to mark the beauty she sees in the creatures at her stall on Ely Eel Day on June 5.
The popular day pays homage to the city’s namesake; the humble eel.
Although she called Ely her home for a while, Lizzie realized she knew very little about the eel and the town it is famous for and was intrigued by the long journey the tiny elvers.
“There’s a magical mystery around eels that draws me in,” Lizzie said.
“Great minds have been trying to solve the riddle of the eel’s complete life cycle for centuries and we still don’t fully understand it.”
Lizzie’s illustrations feature the eel in every phase of its life cycle – from hatching in the Sargasso Sea as a transparent sheet, floating on the Atlantic currents as an elver, swimming in the rivers of freshwater as an elver, then becoming a yellow eel and finally a silver eel before swimming. the return trip to spawn and die.
Lizzie hopes to use Eel Day to share the life stories of what she believes are “neglected and unloved creatures” and also raise awareness of their critically endangered status.
“I try to celebrate the eel and show beauty as I see it,” she said.
“I’ve spent quite a bit of time observing eels and I love the texture and pattern of their skin and the detail of their eyes.
“I try to capture the unique way they move.”
Lizzie says the local Ely community were delighted to see the eel depicted in the artwork and she says she will happily spend time sharing everything she knows about the ‘quirky’ creatures with interested members of the public.
She said: “I think people like to hear about eel because it’s a connection to our natural heritage and gives us a sense of place.
“I help people take pride in our Fenland environment.”
Lizzie’s “popular” illustrations can be purchased as original artwork, prints, greeting cards, and even personalized lamp shades.
She will be in Jubilee Gardens on Ely’s Eel Day and can also be found online at www.talesfromthefen.co.uk.