Stephanie Nadler

About Blood And Legacy: Understanding The Final Solution

by on Mar.20, 2009, under About

Stephanie Nadler explores the subject of genocide in this series of paintings. She received a Canada Council Grant in 1994 to research and then to paint about the events of the Holocaust before and during World War II.

The legacy of this history has haunted her all her life. In 1992, she went to live in Israel to learn about her roots; touring ancient historical sites, studying Hebrew and exploring contemporary culture. She spent many days drawing at Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Memorial Museum, in Jerusalem. The experience influenced her to spend years searching through books, documents and films. Returning to North America, she also had the opportunity to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. and to attend the Conference: Articulations of History: Issues in Holocaust Representation in Boston, Massachusetts.

Nadler’s conclusions are devastating, yet her paintings reveal an unusual response.  The images defy the typical depiction of the victimisation of the European Jewish population:

The figures are portrayed vibrantly. These are not the muted washes, nor are they the monochromatic images that most of us have become accustomed to.  Nadler paints this series with anger and power while honouring the memory of those who have died and survived.

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