Artistic Statement of the purpose in my work
In all of my figurative sculpture I want to let my passions and emotions dominate the pieces I create rather than slavishly trying to make accurate representations of what I see directly. The attitude of the models, as well as their poses, dictate the nature of my creativity. I work in clay and then make molds to cast my pieces in resin or bronze. I also carve some more abstract works in in stone. I continue to pursue both figurative and abstract works, as well as making busts of most of my deceased family members, as well as of good friends who have recently died as memorial pieces for their grieving survivors.
About 6 years ago, I realized that my earlier experiences in Nazi Europe deserved to be represented by sculptural work in addition to my written and oral presentations on the Holocaust. That work, mostly in Bronze, is related to my past and honors the memory of my family members who perished in the Nazi death camps of occupied Poland. One of my sculptures is called “My Diaspora” and tells my own story in an assembled Bronze. It won a prize in a national exhibition in Cape Cod as well as a third place in the Bonnar competition for the Newton Art Association in 2010.
More recently, in 2014, I donated one of my pieces to the Milton MA cemetery, in memory of my sister Myriam and the 1,500,000 children who perished in the Holocaust. Additionally, in April 2015, I personally delivered a piece honoring my father who was murdered in Auschwitz in 1942, and gave it to their museum director, to be exhibited in the permanent gallery at the Auschwitz survivor’s gallery.
The number of WWII holocaust survivors id dwindling daily as we approach our 80’s and 90’s (less than 100,00 child survivors, hidden children, or Death camp survivors in the US) and comparable numbers in Israel, Europe and Russia). However, a number of organizations exist in the US and Europe who are composed of survivors and their descendents. In the Boston Mass. area these mainly comprise: The “American Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors of the Holocaust and their Descendants, The Federation of Child Survivors of the Holocaust, and Generations After. they all have web sites which contain and newsletters and by contacting directly you can subscribe to these. As Survivors we speak at numerous HS and colleges which teach the Holocaust and use materialds from Facing History and Ourselves, We have been interviewed by Stephen Spielberg’s Foundation on the Shoah in LA, and of course many of us are all involved with local chapters and the Wash. DC Holocaust Memorial Museum.
We have also had many survivors write a number of books which are available from Book Stores, Libraries and Amazon. In adition there are National associations such as All-generations and H-justice on the internet which share news of survivor meetings and finding of still more survivor connections. The survivor from my safe hiding place in Vichy, France (about a hundred children in Chateau de la La Hille in Montegut-Plantorel ,a small village in souithern France have actually created an Association with the community and established a small museum with some of our photos and othe rartifacts at what used to be aschool some of us went to.You can look many of these pictures by going on U-tube or on Google to see videos or share in many of the stories, The videos I have included in my website are all on U-tube and were made by local Public access TV stations.
Fred Manasse December 2013
The New Art Center in Newton: www.NewArtCenter.org