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Outside The Ark
An Artist's Journey in Occupied Palestine
By Ellen O'Grady
Ellen O'Grady is an artist and social justice activist who spent six years living in Palestine and Israel. Her work has been shown in galleries and museums throughout the state and country. Much of her work draws from her time in Palestine and Israel and reflects on the present conflict revealing the human faces behind the ongoing tragedy.
Ellen is currently on a nation-wide tour to promote her new book, Outside the Ark. It is the culmination of her painting series of the same name whose inspiration came from her time living and working in the West Bank. Outside the Ark tells the stories of individual Palestinians living in the West Bank. It links these stories and her own story through a remembering of the Biblical flood story. The work is exhibited in the form of a slide-show/storytelling performance, in paintings exhibitions, and in a book. It has been reaching people at a variety of venues, including art galleries, public libraries, colleges, high schools and places of worship.