I am a realist. I highly doubt that Art can heal the world.
But I am also a citizen of the world and an artist. If I don’t try to make a difference in the only way I know how, then I may as well raise my arms in defeat. Despite the constant barrage of tragic news coming from all corners of the globe, I still cling to the hope and belief in the common thread of humanity that connects us all. That’s why I am delighted to be participating in AMEN – A Prayer for the World, an interfaith, intercultural exhibition organized by the CARAVAN NGO, bringing together Egyptian and Western artists of all faiths and creeds.
AMEN: A Prayer for the World is opening to the public tomorrow at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC and then moving onto the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in NYC in October. The 48 artists were provided with a life sized fiberglass form of a figure in prayer to do with as we saw fit. I transformed my figure into a receptacle for accepting digital prayers to send to the Cloud. Prayer, after all, is a universal dialogue and I wanted to provide the viewer with a chance to send his or her prayer out to the world. It certainly can’t hurt.
I URGE YOU TO TAKE 10 SECONDS TO SCAN THE QR CODE OR GO TO VIRTUALANGEL.WEEBLY.COM TO PARTICIPATE IN MY INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION. And if you can come to DC or NY to see this meaningful exhibition, you will be fascinated by the different ways in which artists interpret prayer.
I will be present at the National Cathedral in Washington DC on SEPTEMBER 20, 2014 BETWEEN 1-3 PM. I hope to see you there. Have a Blessed Day!
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.
Here is my artist statement about this photographic series:
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.
OR DRINKING MINT TEA AND SMOKING HOOKAH IN THE OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM…
ISRAEL HAS IT ALL! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR SOME GREAT R & R.
But don’t just take my word for it – Elle Decor’s latest November issue
has a gorgeous spread on Tel Aviv as the latest “in” destination.
Even though I wanted to take a break from art following my hectic time in Paris, I kept bumping into wonderful street art such as this playful trompe l’oeil mural (below) by the popular and prolific Israeli muralist Rami Meiri.
Some other street art I encountered during my Tel Aviv wanderings:
I came across a performance artist (below) wearing bizarre Icelandic gear on a sweltering hot day in Tel Aviv, “ice fishing” in a drain while chanting a monotonous discordant tune. Go figure!
The cherry on the cake was an unexpected offer to exhibit my new series of mini Parisian portraits at Gabi Benzano’s gallery next year. I also returned home to find out that two of my ceramic figurines were juried into the national show Small Wonders at the MFA Circle Gallery in Maryland. Only 50 works out of almost 700 entries were selected, so I’m pretty happy about that. More on that later. Until then, Shalom, Salaam, Peace.