10/5/15: Ruth Weisberg: Imaginary Space for Memories

Huffpost Arts and Culture – October 5, 2015- Lita Barrie

Ruth Weisberg: Imaginary Space for MemoriesMemories take center stage in Ruth Weisberg’s dreamlike images, recalling Gaston Bachelard’s philosophic premise in The Poetics of Space that “something closed must retain our memories, while leaving them their original value as images.” Weisberg opens the curtains to the theatrical space of her imagination — casting herself, her daughter, her son and her daughter-in-law in the central roles. In this imaginary space, she and the people she loves play the roles of historic figures who lost their lives in historic tragedies and figures in old master paintings she has loved since childhood. The tenderness of her portrayal of the people closest to her, re-imagined in a distant past, brings history to life with new allegorical fictions about the psychological world of her relationships to those she most loves.

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