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Ellen Coleman Izzo
Brooklyn, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: The Homeless Memorial is a large scale, mixed media installation series. It began as a response to a trolley tour of the monuments and memorials of Washington, DC, replete with an amazing view of the endemic homeless population. Originally, the memorial itself was simply to exist as a place for the homeless to be, without interruption, without being cleared away during the prime tourist hours. A haven. The images represent the stops along the trolley route with the last image, The Homeless Memorial, being added on at the end of the line. As happens through the process of drawing, cutting, gluing, and printing, wrestling with thoughts provoked a minor shift in the project. I began naming the figures as I was constructing the plates.The studies produced were becoming as important as the formal images. What began to resonate was the individuality of the characters and the environments they lived in. "They" have names. "They" are human. Homeless is not Nameless. "I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, and ill-nourished. The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." -Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Second Inaugural Address, Washington, D.C., January 20, 1937.
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  • Trolley Stop 1: Union Station
    2008
    Collagraph, mixed media
    46" x 31"
    From The Homeless Memorial

  • Trolley Stop 2: The Capitol
    2008
    Collagraph prints, mixed media
    45" x 30"
    From The Homeless Memorial

  • Trolley Stop 3: The Mall
    2008
    Collagraph, mixed media
    52" x 31.5"
    From The Homeless Memorial

  • Trolley Stop 4: The Jefferson Memorial
    2009
    Collagraph prints, mixed media
    72" x 37"
    From The Homeless Memorial

  • Troley Stop 5: Th FDR Memorial
    2010
    Collagraph prints, mixed media
    75" x 70"
    From The Homeless Memorial

  • Trolley Stop 6: The Lincoln Memorial, WW II Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial
    2010
    Collagraph prints, mixed media
    68" x 66"
    From The Homeless Memorial

  • Trolley stop 7: National Museum of American History/Washington Monument
    2010
    Collagraph prints, mixed media
    109" x 50"
    From The Homeless Memorial

  • Trolley Stop 8: National Museum of Natural History
    2011
    Collagraph prints, mixed media
    50" x 112"
    From The Homeless Memorial

  • Trolley Stop 9: Ford's Theatre, Washington Welcome Center, Hard Rock Cafe
    2012
    Collagraph prints, mixed media
    88" x 85"
    From The Homeless Memorial

  • Trolley Stop 10: The White House
    2012
    Collagraph prints on bedsheet, mixed media on refrigerator box
    82" x 72", sheet 68" x 52"
    From The Homeless Memorial

  • Trolley Stop 11: National Archives, Navy Memorial
    2012
    Collagraph prints, collage, text projection
    58" x 84"
    Viewers able to project different documents from the National Archives onto image. From The Homeless Memorial

  • TrolleyStop 12: The Homeless Memorial
    2013
    Collagraph prints on aluminum, metal, dolly
    80" H x 33" W x 20" D
    It's ready to roll! Find a Home for the Homeless. From The Homeless Memorial

  • Suzanne and Greta Study
    2010
    Collagraph, silkscreen on vellum, mixed media
    26" x 26"
    A study from The Homeless Memorial series.

  • Louie study 2
    2010
    Collagraph on vellum, box
    15" x 12"
    A study from The Homeless Memorial series

  • The Block
    2008
    Collagraph, mixed media
    A study from The Homeless Memorial series

  • High Peaks
    2017
    Collagraph prints, collage, pencil
    18" x 24"
    From The Home Project

  • Tug
    2017
    Collagraph prints
    26" x 23"
    From The Home Project

  • Megan's House
    2017
    Collagraph prints, mixed media
    24" x 18"
    From The Home Project

  • Memory (Ghost Town)
    2015
    Collagraph prints
    24" x 18"
    From The Home Project

  • River Walk
    2015
    Collagraph prints, collage
    24" x 18"
    From The Home Project
 








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