sydney ellison
email: sellison@pratt.edu
Instagram: @sydneyxx
web: sydneyellison.com


Here nor There uses collected imagery to explore intersections and gaps within American identity. Fragmentation and layering of imagery allow the artist to withhold and reframe existing materials as a decolonial tool. Furthermore, the fragmenting of imagery visually represents naturalization, intergenerational trauma, and ‘passing’ as they relate to how ethnic identity is experienced in the United States and connects significant political and pop cultural events from the artist's young life. The impulse to create this work comes from a lack of access to family histories, little to no nuanced representation in mainstream media and a desire to understand and archive the artist’s complex relationship with heritage. The work is a process of sorting through the past to understand the present and how individual identity is shaped by the world we grow up in.