I was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on January 25th, 1942, the first born to upwardly mobile parents, who were children of Eastern European immigrants. I was raised to be a wife and mother. In the summer of 1962 I fulfilled their goal for me and became the perfect “fifties” wife. By the time the cultural revolution of the “sixties” had firmly taken root, I was the bewildered mother of three young sons.
It was 1969, America had landed a man on the Moon, and there was Woodstock, hippies, free love, Vietnam, civil rights, women’s rights and mind-altering drugs. I began asking myself, “Is this all there is?”
Before long with my boys tucked amid boxes of books, toys and Twinkie snack cakes, while “yellow submarine” blared from the radio, I backed out the driveway of my suburban Los Angeles home and fled to Northern California to live in a Tipi. I left behind my husband, financial security and the only lifestyle I had ever known. This was the defining moment of my life.
I call my generation “The Swing Generation”. We are not baby boomers, nor do we remember World War II. Rather we swing between the two on a wild ride through changing times.. I don’t want us to be forgotten.
In my current body of work, I piece together my life stories, using hand embroidery, stitching, appliqué, photo transfer & mixed media on vintage books & clothing, some of which I have inherited. I draw inspiration from my paternal grandmother, Julia, who was a seamstress in the summer palace of Franz Joseph during the Ottoman Empire, and my father, Lew, who was a haberdasher to the stars in Beverly Hills. The Bayeaux Tapestry, as well as historical American samplers also influence me.
My purpose is to explore and pay homage to these times through visual storytelling, documenting the power they have had on my life.
I currently live in Berkeley, CA