This instillation is part of a group show entitled "Missing Links" on view Oct. 18 - Nov. 29, 2014 at The Gallery at the Institute Library:

“Ella’s Journey”


Photographs and artifacts are “missing links” in the journey of one’s life.

They are physical evidence of where we are, and where we’ve been. 

This installation represents the fictional history of Ella Bonheur,

from 1914 to 2014 as inspired by ‘the lost album’. 

Elyse Shapiro 2014

Elyse Shapiro 2014

In 1936, twenty-two year old Ella left France for America, displaced like thousands of other Europeans by the advent of WW II. 

She leaves behind a dress, a marriage certificate, two suitcases, and photographs of a life lived long ago.