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Ellie Balk
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill

ARTIST STATEMENT: What I am creating is a system of organization where community residents can formalize the way they are connected. My murals carry an energy that is not stagnant to a single image, but exist as a web of concepts to evoke thought. The work is about commanding a space in a way to create a platform for people to create and understand a collective image. As a result, I create visual map of the community, showing how we are from the same fabric, in the same space at the same time, finding a way to live together and communicate. In this form of abstraction, we create an affect that shows a concept of memory.

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  • You Are Here
    June, 2008
    Mural paint on brick
    Dekalb and Vanderbilt, Clinton Hill Brooklyn

  • Livable Streets Paints the Pavement
    May 2009
    Exterior Latex and Skid Protection on Pavement
    Collaborative painting on the pavement with Livable Streets and Community Roots Charter School. St. Edwards Street, Clinton Hill Brooklyn To see film coverage of the event link to www.streetfilms

  • We Are Here
    June, 2009
    Mural paint on brick
    LCB Grant with MS 136 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Worked with students and collaborated with Buendia Productions, a local graffiti group to create this large scale local community mural that lives on t

  • Global Community Mural
    June, 2008
    Mural Paint on Indoor Wall
    This mural was created with the middle school students at IS49 through a BRIC Rotunda Gallery teaching artist residency. It's concentric circles are constructed with our Universe and Solar System

  • Local Community Mural Panels
    Latex on Wood
    Map of East Williamsburg and surrounding neighborhoods painted with students at Juan Morel Campos Students through a BRIC Rotunda Gallery Artist Residency. Each student painted a zoomed in circle of

  • Move About Myrtle: Collaborative Painting Event
    September, 2009
    Latex on Wood
    Collaborative Painting on Mytrle and Hall Street. Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

  • 2007 St. James Block Party Mural
    July, 2007
    Latex on Wood
    Collaborative Painting with Clinton Hill Community on St. James Place and Gates Ave in Brooklyn

  • The String That Ties Us Together
    September, 2009
    Video Installation with Woven Map
    Her most recent video installation was exhibited at The Brooklyn Historical Society and the Old Stone House for “Brooklyn Utopias?” In this film, she physically connected the two exhibiti

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