Sunday, September 14, 2008

Historical Mysteries

Vivienne Koorland's paintings all look antique and not in a good way. They don't hold their "age" well. Upon closer inspection, it's not just the appearance that's ominous, but the content as well. She's the daughter of a Holocaust orphan and many of her paintings are about the many finer points of that catastrophe.

Some of her works have realistic or representational features in them that are quite meaningful and historic.

But as is always the case, I'm drawn to the indecipherable writing. Maybe it's the puzzle/mystery thing that our mind wants to figure it out. There are some words to be found here and there and so we keep searching. It would be great to know the personal story behind each work.

Here are some links if you like to pursue her work further.


Google Images

6 images at Columbia edu


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