Artist Linda Friedman Schmidt displays her work in “Identity, Textured,” a solo exhibition at the Pascal Gallery in the Berrie Center Art Galleries at Ramapo College of New Jersey in Mahwah. A reception is planned Wednesday, January 31, from 5 to 7 p.m., and the exhibit runs through March 2.
Ms. Schmidt was born in a DP camp in Germany; her parents were traumatized Holocaust survivors. Discarded clothing, her medium, conjures thoughts of discarded humanity in the viewer, and her process of cutting or tearing it evokes mourning, the Jewish funeral custom called k’riah.
“Becoming White” will be featured at the Berrie Center exhibit. The rise of white nationalists questioning whether Jews are white prompted the creation of Schmidt’s most recent piece, a work about race created from the “second skin.” She remembers her refugee parents and their friends being called “griner,” or “greeners.” After years of peeling off their foreignness they finally were transformed into white, the greenness exchanged for whiteness. The baby in the artwork is the artist, once a greener too.
For more information about the exhibit, call (201) 684-7147.