David Ebbinghouse was born in 1949 in Memphis, Tennessee and grew up in Richmond, Indiana. He studied art at Indiana University and graduated in 1972. He and his wife Marilyn decided to make Bloomington their home. They have two sons, Adam and Alex.
David has independently pursued his own art investigations and shown his work regularly since the late 1970's. He was the director of the Bellevue Gallery, (an experimental artists' co-op) for almost ten years, where he developed his performance and installation works. In 1995, he exhibited some of these in a retrospective show titled "Core Samples" in the School of Fine Arts Gallery at Indiana University.
David Ebbinghouse- Statement
The sculpture "Green House" is made from two liter plastic drink bottles that have been cut up and flattened. It is 24" tall, 29" wide and 20" deep. It has been fastened together with wire twists used to close trash bags. On a trip to Mongolia I heard about a Mongolian woman who was using discarded drink bottles to make cold frames for starting plants for the garden early in the spring. Since I had been using recycled materials in my art for many years, this idea fit right into my concerns. Art has its roots in ancient shamanism and as an artist I see myself as a sort of shaman. To me, art is like medicine for the soul.