19 March 2008

I dont have alot of time to explain every bit of symbolism as my time is very limited now.

I have spent days binding a mammoth book - it is so large it is overwhelming.
It took many attempts ans indeed so much frustration to come up with a binding that would hold the many assemblages.

But now it is complete and will be photographed tomorrow.

So please excuse the brief explanation but I wanted this post complete prior to me going to Artfest.


This is the book that fell on my foot when Michael and I were looking for elements to use in the piece.
Rather appropriate.
Behind the door hole is a cross bones which was the sign that greeted inmates at Auschwitz.

In the slide is a mini collage with an image of a gas canister used to murder the millions.

The back of the letter within the copper pocket.
Clearly visible is the Nazi insignia, opened by them, inspected and passed on - to no-one but the postman.
It was returned to Australia for the family had been killed.
My father and the group escaping. My father is on the left with the copper oval piece encircling his face.

The vintage photo holder which swings over the faces...
asking the question who survived...
who didn't.
An Auschwitz oven.
An image of a father and his children on their way to the concentration camps.
The transparency which is viewed from both sides, is a lone uniform worn by inmates of the camps, hanging.


This is the final book for this piece.
A simple but powerful image of a flame painted on top of a burnt book.
A flame of remembrance or
A flame symbolising the flames that flew from the crematoria.

From the Tempest,
Full Fathom Five.

My father, his sister and brother.
I always have found it fascinating that his body stance is positioned to his left,
Whereas his siblings were facing to the right.
yes it is a photo that makes me cry each time I look at it.
Just look at his brother snuggling right up to his plder brother.
Love lost!
And for what???
This piece was explained in Cloth Paper Scissors.

This is the lock, off which came the Star of David which is housed at the very front of the piece.
The word Shoah, the English translation means,
The Holocaust is stitiched atop the striped fabric.

The word remember at the top.

When I placed the lock over random German text little did I know the significance of the final element.
for the small hole made the German word for "I" appear.
I chose the antique lens with the -3 on purpose.
Remember the -3 members of the family killed.
But look at the word that appeared within the lens of the larger hole of the lock.
The word "Zuzzamen".
Meaning "together".
Bringing it all together.
Together, remember the Holocaust!
For me it became
I will remember the Holocaust 'together' with you.
Thankyou all for Remembering with me
thank you for your amazing comments.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Thank you.


Jen Crossley said...

Oh Judy
These are stunning I view them in awe of your talents as a story teller and with sadness of the story they tell.
You are amazing and I'm really proud of you and your work.Im honured to have you as a dear friend

Sam Marshall said...

Hi Judy,
Your work is absolutely amazing The books and the stories that go with them are filled with such emotion. Thank you for sharing your work.

azirca said...

You really are gifted, what an absolutely amazing body of work you are creating, you should feel very proud. Not everyone is able to portray such emotion in such a poignant way, that is indeed truly a gift that you are blessed with.

Ro Bruhn said...

What a family heirloom for your children, in years to come, this will be handed down through the generations. Just fabulous Judy, your one very talented lady. Thanks for sharing it with us. If I don't speak to you before you go have a wonderful time with Michael and Artfest. Jen and I will be thinking of you back here.

Anne, Bulles dorées said...

olala, c'est absolument magnifique.... Merci du partage !!

Sharon said...

Thank you Judy,
I continue to be in awe of your work. My mind wonders so many things while looking at and reading about your story and the process. I wonder if the burned book still has a burned odor. I wonder if there are sounds coming from the book while you hold it and turn each page. I know, I wonder strange things.

artsyfran said...

Judy, Your work is so thought-provoking and so important. I cannot imagine being able to emotionally do what you do to keep the memories of our slain family members alive. Thank you for sharing the blessings of your work with everyone. No. We must never forget the terrible tragedy that has occurred and can easily occur again.

Steph said...

Stunning, moving, amazing ... thank you so much for sharing, Judy...

Judy Wise said...

Thank you. Brilliant and heartbreaking.


words fail me, when i think of the atrocities of mankind.
you've left me deeply moved.

jo said...

I think everyone who has commented before me has expressed my thoughts perfectly. Amazing work Judy. Just thinking it has been a year since the Fremantle retreat and, wow, what a year it has been for you!
Have an amazing time at Artfest, you make us Aussies proud!
Hope to catch up in May.
Love Jo xo

Lynn said...

Thank YOU Judy for making these wonderful pieces about this horrible time. I wonder where you found all these parts that are so incrediably meaningful. I go numb looking at this, reading this, I guess numb is better than feeling the pain of it.
I wonder how you "hold" all of this, living with it so closely. It's so very personal for you having lost family. My heart goes out to you, to your family.
May you, they, we, the world all heal from this. May we NEVER FORGET.

Sue said...

stunning yet so sad. Thankyou for putting your heart and soul into this project.
Wishing you a very safe trip to artfest. Enjoy.

sherri (Tied Up In Ribbons) said...

profound imagery. The elements tell a story that seems to have been poured from your soul. I can only imagine the pain that came up as you worked on this remembrance. The sadness and horror shows in every page, and yet there is honor of the spirit of the people who died and those who survived. Thank you for sharing such a powerful work with us.

Janine said...

Absolutely amazing works of art Judy! Although the story is one of great sadness, it is a story that needs to be told and remembered and your artwork used as a tool by which people can learn of what atrocities did happen!

Enjoy Artfest and of course Michael! xo

Kim Logan said...

Judy this a beautiful tribute to your family, and a piece of artwork you can be truly proud of.

Karen Owen said...

Judy, I'm amazed at how you bring the bits and pieces of an atrocious era to form a piece of such rare beauty. The cover of the book at the top of the post is powerful in its imagery.


Leslie said...

Oh my Judy,
I had goosebumps and a lump in my throat at the second picture. Full tears at the third. Such powerful, meaningful work! Not only is your work a gift . . . YOU are a gift.

Hope you are having a wonderful, creative and magical time at Artfest.

burntofferings said...

with the posting of each book, i have tried to comment, but could not. i have no words only a profound sadness and eyes that fill with tears. for one without a personal history, i am amazed at how much your work affects me and how it touches something deep within me. i look forwad to meeting you in seattle. ~ linda

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU.There are no words to say.

Nancy A.

vintage moon studio said...

We are the ones to thank you... for sharing your knowledge and heart with us.
Wish I could be with you and Kristen next week - some day!
xox Deb

Carmen said...

Your work is incredible. I'm going to forward a link to your blog on to a friend of mine that had relatives affected by the Holocaust. She home-schools and has taught her daughter about it and I think she would love to see this.


Kim said...

I spent from 1960 to mid 1967 in Germany, daughter of an Army Col. My dad would take us to Dachau on the anniversary of it's liberation and read us Eisenhower's speech to his generals telling them someday someone would try to say it never happened. Smart man. I have never forgotten. What a beautiful piece you have made. Kim

Mary Franzenburg said...

My Goodness, your work is so powerful! I have been looking at all of this, I can't take my eyes off it. i can feel the strength and depth of your emotions. This is great work! Thank you so much for sharing it.

Moniqui said...

I can not hold dry eyes looking at your books and reading about your history..I am not of jewish descent but I hear stories similar from my grandparents. My grandfather luckily escaped when captured ( just being a young boy)by the germans during a razzia..I get chills looking at nazi symbols..but my grandparents never speak with hatred,all they say is that most german soldiers were just young boys forced into a war they also didnt want..
I have a great part of my grandfathers lifestory written down,It will be my dream to someday create an artjournal with his stories..so thank you for sharing yours!

Loretta said...

Your work is extrardinary - such a powerful, complex piece that brings alive your personal wounds from a world tragedy that few can comprehend or grasp in totality.

The photos of our father with his two siblings and your words, "For what?", struck me to the core.