Description On my regular walks through our neighborhood, I pass guideposts that mark my progress. This one in particular spoke to me and I took many pictures of it. The juxtaposition of the trees looked different depending on the angle and the light. The tree on the left appeared to have a fungal growth on it which reminded me of a necklace. It was its imperfections that drew me to it. Part of it had been cut off while next to it, another tree curved into fluid forms. If the light is just right, the bark of the tree behind it glows, but often my eye was drawn to the dark space between these two sentinels. I first observed it in spring and looked for it on every walk. One day six months later, I approached it, but my eyes sought its form in vain. Where had it gone? As I drew closer, I saw a tree stump where the necklaced tree had once stood. I was surprised to feel grief at its loss.
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.