To view the complete gallery of images click on Home Series Gallery: “Neither Here Nor There”.
The search for the meaning of “home” has been an ongoing narrative in my work for the past few years– not just the physical sense of home but also a spiritual and metaphorical search for home. The Installation of Memories of the Forest ties into this exploration as well the accompanying Artist Book.
The juxapositioning of memories of a first generation child of Holocaust survivors growing up on the prairies has provided me with a unique view on the world and is one that I explore in my titled Home Series: “Neither Here Nor There”. In this series I reflect upon the ideas of memory, home, exile, re-emergence/rebirth, and self identity.
How one’s identity and home can be lost and be reborn in a new life is examined in my installation work, artist book and with the paintings in the Home Series. While one lives in the new world one can never really leave the old—memories however fragile and ephemeral will always be on the periphery. Growing up in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan with stories and memories of war and exile provided me with a sense of two worlds.
The lightness and optimism of the new world prairies is contrasted in my work with undertones of the old world in medium and in subject matter. Paintings are digitally collaged with each other and converge together to suggest the narrative concept of “neither here nor there” (an old country Yiddish expression). Lives lived and faded memories converge in time. A striking contrast of light and dark, optimism and pessimism is considered through the use of colour and media.
“Every day is a journey and the journey itself is home.” Matsuo Basho Japanese Poet 1644-1694