Can Art Bring Our Memories Alive

February 9, 2015 2:04 PM

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I hold enormous amounts of pride in my family's history. The stories begin with my grandfather Misha's survival and his courageous acts of rescue during World War II, which allowed multiple families to continue their lineage. His perseverance through discrimination and poverty in the former Soviet Union and then eventual flight in search of a better life in America. These are all stories that I will never forget and an immigration that holds a permanent imprint on my life. Yet I fear these stories may be forgotten with the generations to come. Taking on this project became an opportunity for me to continue the connection of my family's powerful past with the child who will embody the spirit of generations before.

As a midwife by profession, I am used to being a sort of guide as new souls enter this world to join the families they have chosen. I was curious to see what would happen when the image of my own ancestors would be painted on the skin of my nearly 9 month pregnant belly. I had no idea what an incred...

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