Stalin’s atrocities included the deaths of four of my blood relatives at the hands of NKVD interrogators, and the deportation to Siberia of 12 others. The purpose of the Hope and Spirit project was to commemorate these individuals and the 20 million others who perished from this hideousness.
It is due to my efforts that over 400 letters and photographs, sent from Siberia, were found and saved from oblivion. Many tragic family histories were finally revealed. It is these photographs that served as the basis for my own artistic commemoration, the Siberia Souls sequence of art works. Continue Reading →