Mixed-media machine & hand embroidery, painted, cotton, linen, silk, metal.
Fleeing from persecution, my paternal grandparents left everything behind except their faith and boarded, under the cover of darkness, a steamer to New York. Surviving the turbulent seas and arriving in the ‘promised’ land they found their dignity and education was not as welcome as expected. Yet, they were away from the fiery pogroms and both alive. Emigration is the universal story of their trip from Hungary, along with masses of others, through Ellis Island, the arrival detention cells, and into the Lower East Side, New York City tenements.
Living in the wretched conditions of tenement life my paternal family and the majority of the emigrants continued to follow “Tikkun olam” (literally, “world repair”) a term that has come to connote social action, and the pursuit of social justice and repair of the earth.
12 x 42 x 2” (Variable)
September 11, 2017 3:51 pm