Friday, May 11, 2007

Akiva Kenneth Segan

Akiva Kenneth Segan, 57, is an artist from Seattle, Washington. He made in 2000 a big-sized work of art titled Shoah Dreams, which shows artist Felix Nussbaum as he looked on his “Self-Portrait with Jewish Identity Card” (with his yellow badge) but with wings.  Wings appear on all of Akiva Kenneth Segan's drawings of Holocaust victims. 

Dr. Martin Kieselstein

Yellow BadgeDr. Martin Kieselstein, holocaust surviver, 82, exhibited his paintings on 22.04.2006 in The Jerusalem Artists' House under the title “I was there my mind and my heart still wounded”. One of his paintings is called: me, my personal number, the yellow patch and the prisoner’s uniform.
Copyright: Dr. Martin Kieselstein 2007

Beth Grossman

Yellow BadgePhoto of Mary of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is courtesy of San Francisco based artist Beth Grossman who wrote to me the following:
Mary of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
© Beth Grossman 1996
21" x 27" x 13"
Mixed media on suitcase

Mary is the daughter of the Jewish people and the mother of the Christian people. Could this perspective have altered the treatment of Jews during World War II?

I have painted Mary in a suitcase, shielding Jesus from the war in this century. Mary was forced to flee during her time to protect her son, when the Romans were killing young Jewish children. The suitcase implies history repeating itself as Jews have been exiled throughout time.

The yellow star has symbolic importance to both Judaism and Christianity. For Jews it has dual symbolism: one of great pride as the Star of David and one of being a target for Nazi oppression. I have depicted stereotypes the Nazis pinned on Jews on the left side of the suitcase and the qualities attributed to Mary, also a Jew, on the right side. Through Mary we see the duality of human beings.

Here is a brief bio about my work as an artist:

Beth Grossman is a San Francisco based artist who integrates stories and history into her artwork of painted images and text on everyday objects. A common thread in her artwork is re-contextualized stories and interpretation of history. She has shown her work in museums nationally and has worked on interactive, collaborative art projects at national monuments, rivers, parks and street sites in the United States, China, Russia and Germany.