Current Location:
Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health -> 2nd Floor (DCIH)
Location Notes:
DCIH; 2nd Floor; Inside of Room 212

Nothing is Wrong Here

Artwork
Identifier:
2018.49.1
Artist:
Sarah Ellis
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Oil on Canvas
Date:
2018
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 12" Width: 24"
Note: Above dimensions are for the artwork only. Was purchased with frame: 13.5"h x 25"w
Description:
Painting of green army men toys on a school desk.
Historical Context:
Local Grand Rapids artist Sarah Ellis has worked in public education for over 12 years, and has constantly battled with the negative impact legislation and lack of funding has had on local schools. Her series strives to bring awareness to the challenges in education and to advocate for change as well as an increase in funding and respect for teachers. Using iconic images from her classroom, like desks, books and children’s toys, her paintings ask the viewer to relate to the disparities found in the education system. On her work she comments, “The representation of plastic army men in the series has layers of meaning. A simple child’s toy, the fear of guns in our schools, and the imbalance of funding to our military verses education.”