I tell stories through both paint and word. It is through story that we best understand the experience of others and expressing stories visually embeds it in our memory. I tell the stories that I feel are important for others to understand and express them through paint and mixed media. My paintings often take the form of portraits and collage-like imagery.
My stories began with family history and led to an exploration of cultural and community heritage, often through the lens of memory. A series of interviews of elders fed a recent body of work, sharing stories of immigration and life in immigrant communities. That artwork, together with oral histories forms my recently published book titled We Spoke Jewish: A Legacy in Stories.
While my past work was often figurative, I have been moving in a new direction. I have been involved with the Jewish Artists’ Lab since it began in 2012. When our topic related to global warming and climate change, I became enamored with trees as witnesses throughout time. I created a series related to such topics as deforestation and flooding with trees as central figures in this drama that threatens to destroy our world. With a subsequent topic of brokenness to wholeness, I have continued to use trees as a metaphor to explore the beauty that grows from brokenness and the circuitous life path we explore as we find our way through challenges.
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Carrying the Future
An Interrelated World
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