On a more serious note…

Resistance Through Art images (3)

World War II officially ended on April 29th, 1945. Holocaust Remembrance Day was first inaugurated in Israel in 1956 and is an official day of mourning. Communities around the world mark this day with meaningful ceremonies and events.

In honor of this day which falls on April 7th this year, I was asked to create works about the Holocaust for a group exhibition at the Bodzin Gallery at the Northern Virginia Jewish Community Center entitled Resistance Through Art. I didn’t have far to look for inspiration – my own mother is a Holocaust survivor and my works reflect the effect which her experiences had on my life.

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Here is my artist statement about this photographic series:

Shadows

Dedicated to my mother Miriam Unreich née Blumenstock, who lives in Melbourne, Australia.

I don’t remember when I became consciously aware of my mother’s Holocaust experience; it was more like a forbidding presence – often unspoken yet very much a part of my formative psyche. Even before I could truly grasp the horrors which she endured, a sensory transference of sorts was taking hold.

It was only much later in life that I came across the term ‘Second Generation Holocaust Survivor’, and that is when I fully understood the intractable shadow that the Holocaust has cast over future generations.

In this photographic series, my mother’s concentration camp number casts an ominous shadow. It is etched on my soul as surely as if it were tattooed onto my own skin.

Never again.

You can hear Lilianne speak about the works here.

 

 

 

Making the headlines…sort of!

Making the headlines...sort of!

I almost fell off my seat today. There I was checking my email and doing a quick peruse of all the various art news feeds and blogs I subscribe to, the most prestigious and informative being Blouin ARTINFO Daily Arts Digest. They write about the very latest trends and happenings in visual arts, architecture, culture, innovation and design.
Today’s headlines featured the most stunning revelation about a particular 19th century work of art very close to my heart – Gustave Courbet’s iconic 1866 painting l’Origine du monde (The Origin of the World). This notorious close-up of female genetalia is one of the most famous works in history and as the authorized copyist of this work (that’s my copy above, self-censored for this article!!) at the d’Orsay Museum in Paris, I have a particularly close affection for this famous work.

Blouin Artinfo broke the news already hitting the French and British newspapers that in fact, there may have been a head associated with the truncated torso and it appears to have been partially authenticated as a Courbet work. This is sending ripples, or rather tsunamis, across the art world. So where do I come into all this? As I hungrily scrolled down to the bottom of the article, who should I run across but a video of me painting none other than Courbet’s l’Origine du monde!! Check it out with your own eyes, in Video of day slot 🙂