Amelia Rosenberg, BFA Senior Exhibition, Tell Tale
Opening Reception: November 9, 2018, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, Owen Hall
Exhibition on view November 9-20, 2018
Free and Open to the Public
Nearly eight decades ago the Wallach brothers, Moritz and Julius, and their families were forced from their homeland due to the anti-Semitism that dictated Nazi Germany. Before their displacement, the brothers made their livelihood by collecting, creating, and reproducing German folk art. The Holocaust scattered the Jewish family, and their collection of handmade folk art and craft dispersed. Passion and artistry fueled the Wallach brothers’ success and led them to emerge as two of the most instrumental German folk art collectors and preservationists before World War Two. Traditional art collected for their museum, The Wallach House of Folk Art, included textiles, wood blocks, clothing, and decorated furniture. This research and corresponding artwork explores how traditional German folk art and the Wallach history can be represented within contemporary ceramic work. The history, patterns, and styles present in German folk art were investigated over a five-week period at historical locations, museum archives, and local art manufacturers throughout Europe. The thorough analysis of the Wallach history was conducted with assistance from local historians and folk art scholars. Artwork created around this research delves into Jewish artistic history, and examines the significance of folk art within Germany. The artist also explores the future of Wallach art and artifacts within a modern context. The combination of color, form, and design allow for the exploration of the Wallach enterprise in a contemporary ceramic environment. Utilizing the ceramic medium, the artist incorporates aspects of German artistic history and contemporary technique to highlight the importance of folk art and its transformation throughout the Jewish community and its history.