Thursday, March 31, 2011
There is nobody to save me in this country. I don’t have any family. You’ve really got to survive. It’s funny- one time I had a girlfriend who was from Romania. Her grandma there was a gypsy and when she was 18 or 16 she went to Auschwitz. And she was experimented on by Mengele. She was one of the patients. This woman went through hell. The first thing this woman said to me – and she floored me, she really floored me – she said to me “You’re a survivor. And you must not hate.” That’s the first thing she said to me. And that was really strange- that in some way that she could see through it so clearly. Growing up was very tough.
Over spring break I had the chance to go back home and visit my family. My parents both have very intense backgrounds, but I never really knew to what extent so I decided to interview my dad. He grew up in the south-western region of Poland on a farm with 4 other brothers. He told me a few stories that I had never known, one example being that he was kicked by a horse when he was 13 years old and was in a bed ridden coma for a few days, unable to ever find out if he had a concussion. He moved to the USA in his mid 20's, settling in the Northern area of New Jersey. He went to a technical school for auto-mechanics, then worked for a few businesses here and there, and eventually saved up enough to buy his own business where he still works today. He now supports a family of 7, me being the middle child of 5.
Friday, March 25, 2011
I interviewed my old roommate from freshman year. Her name is Jessica Davidson and she's quite the interesting gal! I'm thinking of actually maybe doing another piece that would incorporate my interview with her but for now I have the portrait.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
After hearing about the time that he had to drive home to Chicago from Daytona on a motorcycle in the middle of a snowstorm, I asked if he had any more good stories. He said, "Sure, but most of them are X rated."
For this project I wanted to have more of a final piece, rather than just something in my sketch book. Obviously it's still in progress, but this is what I've been working on.