Portraits of Memory – Works by Bernice Eisenstein
Selz Foundation Gallery
This installation by Toronto-based artist and author Bernice Eisenstein features a series of luminous, delicately drawn portraits that interweave imagery and text. Eisenstein creates a gallery of prominent authors, journalists, artists, philosophers and other figures, most from the first half of the 20th century, each serving as a repository of personal and cultural memory. Complementing the studies in pen and ink and in charcoal and gouache are choreographed arrangements of objects found or created by the artist as echoes and responses to the portraits. Eisenstein, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, generates a powerful statement about memory, its weight and its fluidity, inviting visitors to think about how memory communicates and where it resides.