Sand and Plastic Collection
Beach walks act as anchor and inspiration, offering me space to question, think, and create. My work combines a reverence for the ocean with research-driven photography to encourage curiosity and environmental awareness. Whether depicting marine debris, bleached coral reefs, or cephalopod defense mechanisms, I choose specific photographic techniques to complement my subject matter. Aesthetic hooks provide entry points to underlying issues—a cyanotype photogram of a plastic bag weathering into pieces becomes a commentary on single-use plastics. Each work is distinct in process and intent yet my need to be by the water remains constant.
Elizabeth Ellenwood uses photography to visually explore and bring attention to critical environmental issues. Elizabeth is a recipient of a 2020/2021 U.S. Fulbright Student Research Grant and an American Scandinavian Grant to continue her work in Norway. Her recent solo exhibition at The Alexey von Schlippe Gallery was supported by a Connecticut Sea Grant Art Support Award and the University of Connecticut Zachs Award. She is a recipient of a Denis Roussel Merit Award and her work was recently exhibited at The Newport Art Museum, Panopticon Gallery and The Vermont Center of Photography. Elizabeth received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from The New Hampshire Institute of Art and is a candidate for a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of Connecticut.