This month in the Slutzky Art Gallery
The Past, Present, and Future
June 23–August 1, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 26, 5-7 p.m.
Sculpting is my attempt at expressing simple truths. I think it’s the role of any creative person, whether through music, writing, or visual arts to convey their viewpoint to the global community. Hopefully that viewpoint is one that conveys unity and positivity… much like the JCC does.
As the child of Hungarian Holocaust survivors, I know how critical it is to maintain one’s sense of hope, humor, and humanity. Without these elements, I don’t think Jews or any oppressed people can or could have survived.
It is for this reason I try to express the qualities of quiet dignity and optimism in my work. This is my way of “Tikkun Olam” (Healing the world).
A fundamental value of Judaism is family. I have created a series of sculptures based on family photographs and captured tender moments. I think these transcend just my family and express the collective experience.
Education is another value in Jewish culture. I am currently sculpting a series of portraits of Jewish leaders and innovators whose accomplishments have contributed to the world at large.
It is through my art that I try to express my vision of the human condition and hope it brings some joy to others. I realize these are lofty ambitions, but it doesn’t hurt to try.
Slutzky Gallery - Judit Laufer