Susan Weinberg
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My prior work has often been based on memories.  So much of identity is bound up in memory that I began to wonder what happens to one's identity when one loses memory.  When I was faced with parents with declining memories, this suddenly became a topic of considerable interest to me.

In this series I examine identity, how one maintains a sense of purpose, the continuing ability to create, the experience itself and the ways in which we can support our loved ones.  My memory series is composed of several elements: my motherís perspective as she lost memory, my observations and memories of her and finally the memories of visitors to my studio and exhibitions.  As to this last category, I decided to gather other peopleís memories of loved ones who had lost memory.  I invited them to write a memory for a community memory jar and I then developed a painting based on their very brief description.  As I had little information to go on I often debated how to depict these memories.  My debate became another small series, From Another Vantage, which developed as I did a second painting of each from a different vantage point, often a more whimsical one than my first take. When my mother passed away in 2015, I began to paint memories of her and her surroundings as a way of integrating emotional presence with her physical absence.

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Open_Jar
Wilderness

  MemoryJar
The Open Jar - 2015
Acrylic on Canvas 30" x 24"

Into the Wilderness 2014
Acrylic on Canvas 30"x 24"
The Memory Jar
Mixed Media on Canvas 28" x 22"
Cutting and Pasting roundness icon

Cutting and Pasting - 2015
Mixed Media 30" x 24"
The Roundness of Things 2016
Mixed Media 30"x24"

Memory Icon 2016
Acrylic on Canvas 30" x 24"




greetings2
eyes
nature
Greetings From Beyond II - 2016
Acrylic on Canvas 30" x 24"
Through Her Eyes 2016
Acrylic on Canvas 30" x 24"
The Nature Lover
 Acrylic on Canvas 36"x24"


Marg
glass attendence



chair
bird spoons
 The Memory Palace - combined into groups, each painting  Acrylic on canvas 12" x 12" each, 24"x36" in total
                                                            

cacophony lookingatyou
Greetings from Beyond
Cacophony 2015
Acrylic on Canvas 30"x24"

Here's Looking at You 2016
Acrylic on Canvas 30"x24"
Greetings from Beyond 2015
Acrylic on Canvas 30" x 24"
SameCloth
looking in

Cut From the Same Cloth 2015
Acrylic on Canvas 30"x24"
Looking In 2016
Acrylic on Canvas 30"x24"


photographer
memorytotem

The Photographer 2016
Acrylic on Canvas 30"x24"

Memory Totem 2016
Acrylic on Canvas 30"x24"



Blowing Kisses
InfantaMargaurite
Blowing Kisses - 2014
Acrylic on Board 12" x 12"

The Memory Palace 1 - 2014
  Mixed Media on Board 12" x 12"

bubblingup1
bubblingup2
Bubbling Up
Mixed Media on
 (Diptych) - 2015
 Board 12" x 24"





















               Flood of Memories Diptych 2015
             Acrylic on Canvas 48" x 30"















  











































































































































        






























    






















 

















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