Blood Memory

A View from the Second Generation

the selected work of LISA ROSOWSKY
January 21 - March 7, 2014

Lisa Rosowsky AngelUsing fabric, photographs, and wood, multi-disciplinary artist Lisa Rosowsky mines her experience as a member of the so-called "second generation"--one who did not directly suffer or witness the horrors of the Holocaust, but in whom the "blood memory" of her family's experience lives. Rosowsky transforms family photographs and a collection of gloves, along with silk, wool, and plaster into haunting and perfectly crafted sculptures, fiber works and even furniture.

In explaining what she means by "blood memory," Rosowky quotes Israeli author Nava Semel from her book "Kova Zekhukhit (Hat of Glass)":

A lack of knowledge does not mean that the knowledge, however elusive, does not lie dormant within the dermis, in corpuscles which persist in their refusal to come together...

This installation of recent work in a variety of media is as thought-provoking as it is elegant, exploring a sorrowful tale of memory, family legacy, and our collective dark history.

Lisa Rosowsky has been on the faculty at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design since 1996, where she teaches graphic design, typography, and book design. She earned her AB from Harvard College and an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University. She produces mixed-media work in her studio in a converted factory building near Boston, Massachusetts.


Lisa Rosowsky LevitanOpening Reception
Thursday, January 23
5-7:30 p.m.

Artist Gallery Talk by Lisa Rosowsky
Monday, February 10
12:30 p.m.