New World Order Series
The Blanket Story is meaningful to me because of my family's experience in New Zealand during World War II. My English grandfather had resettled in New York, where he established a business and married my grandmother. After losing his business in the stock market crash, he started fresh in Wellington in 1933, where several of his siblings were living. As a Jew, he was hesitant to return to Europe at that time. My mother and uncle grew up in wartime, but in a diverse and inclusive society. They attended Scottish schools during the week, and synagogue on the weekends while respecting and admiring Maori culture. This blended heritage continues in the Jewish and Celtic traditions of my own home, beyond their common experiences of diaspora (my husband is a Highland bagpipe performer, teacher, and adjudicator). It underlies my belief in our human capacity to see that we are more alike than different, and minimize the distances between us. This belief is a motivator in my studio work and school residencies, where student populations benefit from their increasing variety.