History as Personal..

A coward is incapable of exhibiting love;  it is the prerogative of the brave. ~ Mahatma Ghandi

Three large mixed media drawings represent the little known story of German resistance against the Nazi regime.  Roses stand in as portraits of those who withstood oppression while claiming compassion as their guide. I call to mind the practice of memorial  and consider each rose individually even while presented collectively. These roses are drawn with materials that resist many layers of ink. The idea of love is reclaimed from a romantic stereotype, and its role in motivating political resistance affirmed. Included in this exhibition were three works from Ruins, and a portrait from Fatherland,

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,) History as Personal Memory 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.)

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