Description I have been finding many metaphors in nature, noticing more as walking became a much more regular part of my routine. I was drawn to imagery related to brokenness, but there was a subtext. Beneath that brokenness something was happening, a mending, an exploration. Brokenness had opened up something new. My painting The Burly Tree grew out of a tree I encountered covered with unusual growths, burls that I learned result from injury to the tree. It explores how when a traditional pathway fails, the response to brokenness is a winding exploration of alternative paths.
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.