Blog

This blog starts with the period from 29th January to the 4th March 2013 and a trip to work at the Grafikwerkstatt in Dresden , my mother’s home city. The newest blog is always at the top and you need to scroll down for older posts. There is also some additional material on Facebook.

Margate , “To a Death in Sweating Wakefulness’

This is the exhibition text for Margate: My parents were German Jewish refugees. My mother Lore Isakowitz (born 1915) and her family fled Dresden for London in 1936. My father Harry Petzal (born 1908) fled Berlin in August 1939. He left behind the rest of his family, who only escaped as far as Holland. Harry’s […]

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Dismantling the Coventry Dresden Towers

Well the towers are no more and the lovingly (and expensively) made construction has been consigned to the scrap yard of art though much of the wood has been salvaged for re-use on another project. The prints however are safe and sound. None of this take down would have been possible without the intervention of […]

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Herbert School Project

What a great time I had working in December and January with pupils from Whitley Academy in Coventry. The girls were enthusiastic, full of ideas and worked liked crazy after hours at school to complete their archival Coventry Monopoly Board. I set them the idea based on the thought that this could combine research in […]

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A New Year

I greeted the New Year in Suffolk but shortly after went to Berlin which was suitably wintry, snowy and freezing.As well as visiting my family I was able to see some excellent exhibitions, Max Beckmann at the Berlinisches Galerie was an absolute treat with more self portraits grouped together than I had ever seen. There […]

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A good week

Now safely back in Suffolk and reflecting on a tremendous 5 days in Coventry. The launch on Tuesday night at both the Herbert and the cathedral went well. I was not prepared for the lengths to which the Herbert had gone to organise the opening. There was a string quartet, excellent canapés and drink, speeches […]

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The Installation in the cathedral

This has not been an easy birth. The artwork work started over a year ago and with the facilities offered by Camberwell I started printing in January and continued until July. Designing and building the structures has tested the ingenuity and patience of the carpenters and the architect and getting it there was something else. We […]

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Stolpersteine stolen and vandalised

On Thursday night the Stolpersteine ‘stumbling stones’ in commemoration of the Family Rickenback were stolen and those of my family, the Isakowitz’s vandalised. Embedded in the pavement next to each other outside what was 44 and 42 Werderstrasse in Dresden Plauen, they were attacked during the night. Dresden was always at the forefront of Nazi, […]

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Stolpersteine / Stumbling Blocks

I have just returned from Dresden where I was for the laying of the Stolpersteine ‘stumbling blocks ‘ for my maternal family.These small 10 cm square concrete blocks, covered with a sheet of brass, which are then inscribed, are permanently laid into the pavement outside what was Werderstrasse 42, their former home which they fled […]

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