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Tamara Rafkin
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2018

Creating what is abstract at first glance, but is actually a record of the life – beauty occurring out of pain and destruction, a metaphor for the scars we all have that make us who we are.
These marks are of Berlin and they remain to remind everyone of the communal history. I became entranced with these details while exploring the city, these marks of the society's’ history and the acknowledgement of their past. They choose to remember, discuss and live with it as part of their being.
The wounds spoke to me, and in them I saw not only the anger and hurt of the past but the beauty of their existence. The way the city acts as a corporeal body for the culture at large, exposing it’s scars and accepting them.

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