A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave. ~ Mahatma Ghandi
Included in the exhibition History as Personal Memory were three works from Ruins, a portrait from Fatherland, and three large mixed media drawings on the theme of resistance. I am curious how since the 1960s, our post war ideals call upon love as being the answer to our world’s troubles, yet our popular understanding of love does not seem complex or muscular enough for such a task. To represent those who have historically resisted oppression while claiming an allegiance to compassion, I use “portraits” of roses each considered individually while presented collectively. These are drawn with materials that withstand many layers of ink, thus expanding and reclaiming the idea of love from a romantic stereotype and affirming its role in social idealism and political resistance.
History as Personal Memory was an exhibition at the Slide Room Gallery in February 2018. Curated by Wendy Welch (director of Vancouver Island School of Art,) it showcased the work of Ira Hoffecker, Ulrike Walker and myself. “The artists in this exhibition are all of German descent and are addressing the effect WWII had on their lives. While none of them were alive during the war, it has played an enormous role in their personal memories. These memories are based on information gathered from family relations, historical research and poetic imaginings.” (from the exhibition poster.)