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. Included in the exhibition were three large pieces from my new series (read more below,) and four unshown earlier works from Ruins and a portrait from Fatherland.
“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)
The series, “The Persistence of Love in a Time of Disaster,” moves beyond using historical photos as a source with my own photos of roses found in my neighbourhood as reference for interpretating the subject of German Resistance. I am curious about how since the 1960s, our post war ideals call upon love as being the answer to our world’s troubles, yet our understanding of love does not seem complex or muscular enough for such a task. Through learning about those who resisted the Nazi regime- even at the cost of their own lives – I am discovering their belief in love as an antidote to violence and a means by which an individual and community may develop the character and values necessary to resist oppression.