Its been a while...
Busy with the speed of life, I have had an interesting time in the last few months.
After returning from teaching workshops in the USA, my arms were in a worse state than ever.
I sought the advice of a specialist and he confirmed my fears.
I had lost 40% capacity of the use of my ams and hands.
Whatever I do won't change the issue much.
They need rest.
So without a studio and buggered up arms and hands from over-use, I decided it was time to delve into my family's genealogy.
During my trip I made stops to visit and interview family.
Some I had met before, others not.
One woman, Tosca, survived the war and was living in New York.
By a chance google search, we found each other and 65 years after not knowing their was a Survivor in each family, she and my father, I met her in New York. Now thats a long long story.
Researching is part of my artworks so I consider this break in the physical side of the art, important for future pieces I will do when my arms repair.
Gathering information on my family, is no easy task.
Most records were left behind in the attempt to escape the ravages of war in Eastern Europe or the records were destroyed in the communities from where they came.
So one has to work very laterally. This take up alot of time yet when I eventually manage to come up with some information, it is huge.
It is really like putting pieces of a very large puzzle together.
I am really enjoying this research and learning so much about history and the genealogical field. So here is the issue for this blog...
I don't know if anyone reading this is at all interested in my hunt for information and how I achieve those finds. There have been some amazing finds along the way.
As with my art, serendipity, or as we say, "Beshert" in Judaism, has played very significantly into this research.
If you read my post on the search for what happened to my grandmother and her 2 children, I found the answer, a few days later and followed up whilst I was in Washington.
There are many stories but I am unsure if this is the correct forum for the telling of those stories. One day, some of the stories will make their way into my art and new books.
Until then, I need to decide whether to start a new blog or not blog about the search at all.
What do you think?