Description On our nightly walks, this burly tree was one which fascinated me. Covered with round, swirly growths, it looked like it had fallen upon hard times, but survived, wearing its scars with pride. I learned that these are burls, a deformed growth that can be caused by injury or infection. The cells divide and grow in excess and unevenly. Ironically they add great beauty when used in woodworking.
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.