Our identity is what makes us who we are and helps shape the decisions we make as humans. What does it mean for us to have ownership over our own identity taken away?
My practice centres on this idea of Stolen Identity. It derives from the deeply personal account of a woman named Hilda whose experiences portray a struggle to maintain her sense of self despite adversity. My work maps central geographical locations of Hilda’s life from her home in Ostrava to Munich, Genoa, Shanghai and finally San Francisco, searching for refuge from anti-Semitic prejudices. Hilda was a close friend to my family while I grew up in San Francisco. My work is an archive, in which the testimony of this woman’s determination to retain her identity, despite difficult circumstances, is evoked.
Bare canvas and washed out tones probe, evoke and conjure up gaps of uncertainty and faded memoirs, causing a moment of reflection on one’s own existence and identity.
"Stolen Identity" Oil on Canvas, 60cm x 45cm SOLD
"Waiting for The Conte Verde" Oil on Canvas, 80cm x 55cm SOLD
"Untitled" Oil on Canvas, 80cm x 55cm SOLD
"Journey to Munich" Oil on Canvas, 79cm x 55cm SOLD
"The District of One Square Mile" Oil
on Canvas, 80cm x 55cm SOLD
"Then and Now" Oil on Canvas, 81cm x 55cm SOLD
"Liberation to 29th Avenue" Oil on Canvas, 79cm x 55cm