Abandoned Shelter

The Abandoned Shelter Painting 2021
1st Part of Inherited Trauma Project

I am applying for DYCP Arts Council England funding to focus on researching and developing the idea of Inherited Trauma, a new project that will explore epigenetics - the study of heritable phenotype changes that do not involve alterations in the DNA sequence. New research shows that genetic changes stemming from the trauma suffered by Holocaust survivors can be passed on to their children (Yehuda, R. 2018). I recently completed an MA in Jewish History and Culture, writing my dissertation about the Holocaust and Art. I wanted to learn about the experiences of people living with Shoah trauma and to touch on a sense of being suspended in the vacuum of history and the impact this seems to have on part of my husband’s identity. His mother, then a little girl, was rescued from Krakow's Ghetto. I am trying to establish something that they both cannot remember, but seem to somehow feel. I plan to use a range of media including installation, photography, moving image and sound/silence to explore our perception of reality. To date, I have mainly operated within the museums and galleries circuit. For this project, I want to reach out to organisations that are interested in connecting art and neuroscience. I want to build upon this new trajectory and develop new networks with new partners. I would begin my research speaking with a New York psychiatrist Rachel Yehuda, and Ewan Birney, Director of the Bioinformatics Institute, UK. In a form of film, photographs, installation and artist’s book I want to tell the story of my husband and his mother.

Birkenau's Birches

The Birkenau's Birches collage 2022