My artistic journey was stoked by a fire that destroyed my childhood home. Inspired by this event, I began painting houses in various scenarios, using them as metaphors for self-portraits engulfed in flames. These paintings symbolized the vulnerability and transformation that I experienced.
During this exploration, I discovered a connection to my Jewish heritage and embarked on a series centered around dreidels. During my years at university I recognized the geometric similarities between dreidels and houses, I leveraged these elements to explore the potential for movement and energy within stillness.
As I continued to delve deeper into my Jewish identity, I decided to travel to Israel to further my artistic studies. While there, I visited Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, which had a profound impact on me. This experience polarized my intention and motivation to create, leading me to focus on a series of paintings depicting the Holocaust.
For over two decades, my artwork has served as a visual representation of our collective Jewish identity. It references, illustrates, and manifests the plights, struggles, dreams, and hopes of our people. I intertwine personal narratives with cultural symbolism to create a multifaceted reflection of our history and heritage.
Through my paintings, I aim to ignite conversations and reflections on the significance of cultural identity in our lives. I invite viewers to explore their own connections to heritage, identity, and the human experience. It is my belief that by preserving and celebrating our cultural heritage, we can embrace the diverse and rich nature of our own identities.