DescriptionThis image entitled Immolation was created in Photoshop by layering photographs and digitally hand painting the background used for the modified representation of the holocaust sculpture created by sculptor and architect, Kenneth Treister.The structure called 'Sculpture of Love and Anguish, is located at The Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach, Florida. Dedicated and opened to the public in February 1990, it was created to memorialize the holocaust victims, to serve as solace to its survivors, and to help recall the greatest human crime of the century - so that it never happens again.The massive bronze sculpture depicts a giant outstretched arm, tattooed with a number from Auschwitz, and rises from the earth, representing the last reach of a dying person. As the sculptor described, 'Each visitor has his own interpretation ... some see despair ... some hope ... some the last grasp for life . . . and for some it asks a question to God... 'Why?'
I.M. Spadecaller, Tampa Bay Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Matthew Schwartz (AKA Spadecaller) is a grateful survivor who conveys his deepest passions, convictions, and serenity through visual art, poetry, and video.
As a child, he was formally trained in traditional oil techniques and later attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71). During the 70's up until the late 80's he exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York, and presently resides on the west coast of Florida.
Since the advent of image editing software, he has turned more to creative digital hand painted images and photos striving to fuse these into an art form worthy of the distinction traditional painters deserve.
Using HD videos formats, he showcase his digital paintings, poetry, other mixed media images; these are available for viewing at: http://www.youtube.com/user/Thespadecaller.