Conceptual Artwork

I am creating a series highlighting the life of my ancestor, Elizabeth Ericksen Hansen.  She was a Danish Immigrant who left Denmark for America and crossed the plains as a pioneer of the American West.  She has an exceptional story which has been passed down orally through generations and told to me by my Grandmother. As I paint I seek connection with the legacy set before me, and wish to represent that we are all part of a story and a legacy that started long before we were born.  Our ancestors values, hopes and dreams build on each generation and we need to look back to understand where we want to go in the future.  

Piecing together my exhibition
Piecing together my exhibition

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I Am Also Elizabeth
I Am Also Elizabeth

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Thumbnail sketch
Thumbnail sketch

Thumbnail sketch part of a two page spread with images and poetry describing the story of my ancestor Elizabeth Ericksen Hansen.

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Piecing together my exhibition

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This series is part of a collaborative effort and future exhibition by nine other artists, called the Book of Lives Ancestor Project.  As we take months and years to complete we are currently reaching out to galleries and other publications who might be interested in housing our exhibition and writing about our ideas.   Other artists involved: Claire Tollstrup, Lynne Millar, Julie Stonebraker, Katrina Berg, Beth Allen, Laura Miller, Melissa Colton, Erin Spencer. 

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ANCESTOR PROJECT

As I paint I seek connection with the legacy set before me, and wish to represent that we are all part of a story  that started long before we were born.

I Am Also Elizabeth
I Am Also Elizabeth

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Piecing together my exhibition
Piecing together my exhibition

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Thumbnail sketch
Thumbnail sketch

Thumbnail sketch part of a two page spread with images and poetry describing the story of my ancestor Elizabeth Ericksen Hansen.

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I Am Also Elizabeth
I Am Also Elizabeth

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Group Collaboration- already 9 artists strong, we are looking for more artists to join and tell their ancestor's stories and be part of a group online exhibition to be held in 2023. See "The Book of Lives" for thumbnail snippets of each artist's story.  The pages of this book got added by each artist and initiated the ideas for the project.  The pages are works of art themselves, but ultimately meant as a companion to larger gallery pieces for the Ancestor Project. Please "get in touch" to inquire about collaborating.   

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THE BOOK

OF LIVES

"We passed this book and forth; across the country--from state to state, until blank pages became filled with rich constructs of color, texture, verse and connection."

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Artist Sarah Sedgwick Anderson
Artist Sarah Sedgwick Anderson

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Artist Lynne Millar
Artist Lynne Millar

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Artist Claire Tollstrup
Artist Claire Tollstrup

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Artist Sarah Sedgwick Anderson
Artist Sarah Sedgwick Anderson

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