Artist Explores Concept of ‘Home’ While Participating in 10-week Fellowship in Jerusalem

 

Artist and National Catholic Center of Holocaust Education (NCCHE) Advisory Board Member, Diane Samuels, presented her “Jerusalem Archive” during an Art Talk at Seton Hill University on Thursday, March 20, 2014.

Students and faculty gathered in the Greensburg Room and listened to Samuels explain the importance of “home” and how she explores it in her art.

Samuels of Pittsburgh, PA was one of four artists from the United States to be selected by the American Academy in Jerusalem to participate in a 10-week, residential fellowship program, which began October 2013. 

Samuels looked at the map of Israel and noted that it was, “A country that doesn’t really know its edges.” 

She wanted to know: “How do I fit in Jerusalem?” 

During her time in Jerusalem she worked publicly at the Three Arches YMCA on a daily basis transcribing poetry of writers from the region on the edges of parchment made of Torah skins.

Samuels asked locals and tourists who passed by to write down what home meant to them. Approximately 200 people in 19 different languages responded on white note cards. 

Those in attendance of the Art Talk had the opportunity to read these cards and take a closer look at Samuel’s projects.

The Art Talk was a part of World Week and was co-sponsored by the National Catholic Center of Holocaust Education, Intercultural Student Services and the Harlan Gallery.

 

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