Sandy Hook by Ginger Burrell

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Sandy Hook memorializes the 20 children and six staff members killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012. When the shooting happened, I felt compelled to do something. Perhaps it was my 15 years as a pre-school director. Perhaps it was the thought of my nieces and nephews who trustingly go off to school every day. Certainly it was because of our short social memory and the way important events fade quickly after they are no longer in the headlines. In thinking about how to represent the children and school staff who were killed, I settled on the idea of using teddy bears for the children and apples for the adults. After spending several days purchasing individual bears and apples, I began taking the school portraits. It got harder and harder as I worked on the book, and taking the group photo left me in tears. I couldn't help but think of all the group photos those children would never be in: graduation, weddings and countless family portraits. All of the artist's profits will be donated to the United Way for the Newton Community.

Artist Bio

Ginger Burrell is an artist and teacher. She often collaborates with her husband, Greg, who is adept at u-turns because there is something that "really needs photographed." She has her BFA in Photography from San Jose State University's school of Art and Design. Ginger teaches book arts at the Palo Alto Art Center and in her home studio in Morgan Hill, California. Ginger's primary medium is artist's books. Her work includes digital, film and alternate process photography, monotype, and composite imagery. Her artists' books explore a range of topics from the personal, to the political, to the universal. Ginger has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her artists' books are held in private and public collections.