Catherine Bancroft

Ellis Island Series - Page Two





The migrant is the defining figure of the 20th century --Salmon Rushdie, 1996.


More than 65 million people were displaced from their homes in 2015, the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II.













Can it be that we're all exiles? Is it possible that all of us are wandering strange lands? — Roberto Bolano















The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem. Here is not merely a nation but a teeming nation of nations. — Walt Whitman

















The largeness of nature of the nation were monstrous without a corresponding largeness and generosity of the spirit of the citizen. — Walt Whitman











The door itself makes no promises
It is only a door — Adrienne Rich





From the intelligence test given to immigrants at Ellis Island: Would you wash stairs from the top down or from the bottom up? One woman's answer: I didn't come to America to wash stairs.





                Key to Paintings


Girl from Finland (sold) 12x12              Chinese Woman 12x12              Algerian Man 12x12     
 
Romanian Man with Dark Moustache and Hat 12x12              Greek Woman (sold) 12x12              Guadaloupe Woman II 12x12     
 
Girl from Alsace 12x12              Romanian Shepherd in Wooly Vest 12x12              Serbian Gypsy Woman (sold) 12x12     
 
Romanian Gypsy (sold) 12x12              Greek Orthodox Priest (sold) 12x12              Boy from Syria 12x12     
 
German Family from Eastern Europe (sold) 18x24              Man from Ethiopia 20x20              Albanian Soldier 24x18     
 
Swedish Girl 24x18              Danish Man 24x18              Mother Holding Two Babies 20x20     
 
Mother from the Netherlands and her Daughters 20x20              Three Boys (sold) 20x20              Sister and Brother from Eastern Europe (sold) 20x20     
 
Rabbi (sold) 24x18              Syrian Mother and Child 12x12              Two Men in the Waiting Room (sold) 12x12     




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