Description This painting is based on the Ninth Fort located outside of Kaunas, Lithuania. The Ninth Fort was a place of mass murder used by the Nazis to kill 50,000 Jews. In addition to Lithuanian Jews, this site was used for the murder of Jews from France, Germany and Austria. It was in the holding cells that I saw the imagery which inspired this painting. Carved into the bluish rose walls were names and dates. A last attempt to say, 'I was here', to assert one's existence in the face of death. I decided this subject required a partially hidden face to remind the viewer that a person stood facing this wall as they carved their last words.
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.