Monday, July 13, 2015

Inspired By My Past

One of my latest projects is a piece exploring an aspect of Jewish history. In this case, I am delving into immigration to this country. To illustrate immigration, I knew that I wanted to use an old trunk which I found last year. As I expected, my plans have changed while working on this piece. Colors have been altered, the use of photographs has been modified, and even the title of the piece has changed. The artwork will be completed and on view at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia during the month of September 2015. An opening reception will take place Saturday, September 12 from 6-9 pm. After looking at the photos below, you may see a previous blog post about how this art was inspired, check out my post here.

Here is the Jewish immigration piece in progress. The books are all painted. Glassine paper is used between the books to keep them from sticking together. 

Here's a close up of the trees painted on the spine. That aforementioned paper between the books will be removed once the piece is finished. I will be using wax on the books to eliminate the sticking problem. 

Seeing photographs of immigrant children has been a delight to me.

Looking at family members of close friends has been eye-opening. Sometimes the resemblance of parent to child is startling.

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