Claire Marcus

New World Order Series

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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.