DescriptionThis painting is based on an image derived from the book ' Ponary Diary 1941-43' by the journalist Kazimierz Sakowicz. Sakowicz lived near the forest where he witnessed and documented the murders of the Jews of Vilnius. Each day he buried what he wrote in a jar in the forest. In his book he writes of how local Lithuanians performed the murders. After the war these pages began to surface in archives until they were pieced together and published. The title of the painting is 'Buried Truths'. I found the image of bottles buried in the forest to be an interesting one and wanted to build a sense of layering that conveyed something hidden. I wanted a few bottles near the top to be sprouting pages as if they were plants. Somehow truths have a way of eventually surfacing.
Susan Weinberg, Minneapolis Member Since April 2010 Artist Statement As both a genealogist and an artist, much of my work has focused on family and cultural history. My Eastern Europe series is composed of paintings based on travels in LIthuania and the surrounding Baltic States. I frequently incorporate Yiddish into my paintings as it ties to my cultural roots. My Eastern Europe series deals with the Holocaust, the traces of the Jewish community that remain and the stories that I learned in my travels.
My work also includes a series based on China and earlier works of reflected images. While earlier work is largely figurative, my more recent work is moving into semi-abstract imagery.