Current Location:
Section 62 (VS) -> Bottom Shelf (62VS)
Location Notes:
IDC; Vertical Storage; Section 62; Bottom Shelf

Extreme Hope

Artwork
Identifier:
2020.4.3
Artist:
Ellie Harold
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Oil on Canvas
Date:
2019
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 48" Width: 72"
Description:
Colorful background of bright yellows, pinks, blues, greens and blacks pops out from a white foreground, covering some of the colorful areas. Areas of color represent abstract birds and flowers.
Historical Context:
Artist Ellie Harold paints as a response to a calling she received over a decade ago after a long career as in the health field. As a new painter, Harold was surprised when bird shapes began to appear as she free-painted on her canvases in her Frankfurt, Michigan studio. Reflecting on the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections and the issues of migration that came to the forefront under the new administration, Harold saw the birds as intuitive messengers of hope and healing. The birds brought her not only a new way of painting, but comfort during troubled times. As she continued to paint these birds of hope, she created a much larger installation of paintings she titled “Birds Fly In: A Human Refuge” which focuses on themes related to migration and intuition. On her mission she states, “This exhibition is intended to heighten awareness of how anyone, once liberated from the cage of limited beliefs and attitudes, might open to good ideas that ‘fly in’ to inspire creative and helpful actions.