About this piece:
As I get older memories become a more and more important part of my life, while material objects lose their luster. Memory Box is about the memories that are part of what defines me. It is also about the memories that define Jewish identity. Jews have survived for millennia not because they brought specific objects with them through their many travels, but because they brought their memories. After World War II and the Holocaust most of the physical aspects of the life of European Jews was lost, but the spiritual and cultural essence of that life was preserved in the memories of the survivors.
Memory Box contains objects that represent the essentials of individual and group identity. Stones represent our ancestors, thistles stand for our physical places of origin, and rhinestones reflect how we find our way through life (guided by the stars).
Stones are placed as a remembrance on graves in Jewish tradition.
wooden cigar box, mirrors, thistles, stones, rhinestones, acrylic paint
Francisco Bay Area. Her most recent prints and artists’ books will be exhibited in a solo show in August, 2015 at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka, CA. Her artist’s books are in the collections of the Yale, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Stanford University libraries, the New York Public Library, the Getty Museum, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Art Institute of Chicago, and many other public libraries, university libraries and museums.