In my work, sourced often from vernacular photography, I seek to balance the inherent nostalgia of photography with timeless permanence of painting. I begin with a detailed and complete image and with brushes, knives and rags proceed to distort, obscure, erase and manipulate the image in search of visual balance, and by offering only a few key elements - a nose, a hand, a leg - compel the mind of the viewer to seek patterns, creating a whole from something fractured and inciting emotional intimacy between the viewer and the subject.
My current series focuses on Jewish resistance fighters during World War II in an effort to memorialize their stories. The individuals I have selected for portrayal in these small paintings were young men and women who took up arms and fought in uprisings and guerilla warfare against the Nazis. Mostly young people, in their teens and twenties, few of whom survived the war, history has largely forgotten them. I hope in these delicate, monochromatic portraits to provoke curiosity and a sense of recognition.
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