Monday, July 24, 2017

New art series focusing on the immigrants of Ellis Island


Joanne Van Genderen
Ellis Series - #1 
(2017)
 acrylic, metal, found images, found objects, on wood
8 x 4 x 1/2 inches
 
My great-grandmother sent my grandfather to America to avoid the oncoming tyranny of Benito Mussolini. 
Constantino Sporano landed at Ellis Island in 1922. He later fell in love with an Irish-American woman 
telling her his name was Fred Murray. Constantino's mother protested this union, refusing to attend their wedding.

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