Night

  • 40x66
  • Oil

"And that night, the soup tasted of ashes""  This scene from "Night", Eli Wiesel's account of his terrible suffering and those around him at Auschwitz is unbearingly haunting.  The quotation refers to the feeling of the inmates of the concentration camp after having witnessed the hanging of a  child beloved by everyone in the camp.  I turned to the ultimate symbol of suffering in Western art, that of the Crucifixion.  I replaced the saints with portraits of my own family and friends whose families had perished during that unspeakable time.