Crossing divides, the multiplicity of Dawn's
background leads her to juxtapose varying influences. Dark and light.
Classical and current. Human-made and natural. She brings a frank, fresh voice to hidden, absent, and challenging topics. With one foot in rural and another in urban America, Dawn intently observes people, nature, and life across the U.S.. Her art gives dignity to the worlds we share and our places of respite.
As an artist-researcher, Dawn infuses creativity into analysis, education, and systemic thinking to help communities across the country improve their capacity to help people.
Photo: "Breathe", mixed media piece by Dawn M. Ellis.
Visual Poetry Book of Resilience
Dawn Ellis and visual artist Gordon Sasaki began collaborating on a visual book of poems. This book weaves together the story of a girl of color and a dandelion, as they emerge as radiant assets in spite of societal disregard. Themes of sustainability and social justice intertwine.
The work includes poetry and drawings by Dawn, illustrations by Gordon. To support this independent artistic work through donations, distribution, resources, or hosting author talks or interactive workshops, donate at our Go Fund Me site <here> or contact Dawn by e-mail <here>.
Photo: "Dandelion Brick", photograph by Dawn M. Ellis.
With this upcoming book, we offer a positive beacon for individuals to ponder and families can read together. It's a time when resilience of both people and planet is desperately needed.