Mixed-Media Photography



January 12, 2007


 The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida, 851 North Maitland Avenue, Maitland, is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition “In A Confined Silenceâ€? on January 12, 2007.  It will remain until March 23, 2007.

“In a Confined Silenceâ€? is a collection of mixed media photographs by self-taught artist Miriam Brysk, who served as a professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and who now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Brysk was born in Warsaw, Poland in March 1935.  After the German occupation in 1939, she and her parents escaped to the town of Lida, but that city fell in 1941 and its Jews herded into a ghetto.  Most were killed, but she and her family survived until rescued by Jewish partisans in 1942.  Her father helped the Russian partisans to open a hospital in the nearby forest and eventually was awarded the Order of Lenin by the Russian government.  They later fled to Italy to escape the Soviet invasion and finally arrived in America in February 1947.

Art has helped Miriam Brysk come to terms with the privations she experienced in an upbringing â€?filled with hopelessness and darknessâ€?. This art depicts what she calls “the raw painâ€? of her childhood as she relived it through psychotherapy.
All the pieces began as photographs.  Each image depicts a real Jew who died in the Holocaust.

The photographs were manipulated through a photocopying process, transferred with acetone onto watercolor papers, scanned into computer images, overlaid with multiple layers of color and texture, and strengthened by the addition of other elements of Holocaust history.  The finished pieces were printed in limited editions of 50 each on museum-quality rag paper or canvas.

“The images you see in this exhibit are real.  The people are real.  They actually lived during the Holocaust,â€? Miriam Brysk has stated.  “This to me was very important to make the work authentic – not to sensationalize it, but to give these people the dignity of their lives.â€?

In the Ann Arbor News art review, John Carlos Cantu states, “The exhibit’s masterwork  ‘The Stones Weep’, has undergone no fewer than 10 revisions, ranging from acetone transfer reversal of the original source material to the strategic amplification of key compositional elements.

This remarkable visual document links Hebrew language to the permanence of stone; by extension, it carves the visage of a mother and child out of the same earthy material.�

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