Rachel Stevens Sculptor | There is Safety in the Forest
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There is Safety in the Forest

About This Project

In 2013, I made a pilgrimage to Western Ukraine to visit the places where my grandparents, Abraham and Klara Kleiner migrated from a century before. Their ancestral homes are located in a region called Galicia, a cultural landscape that is laden with both abundant beauty and unimaginable losses incured during the Holocaust. Sculptures comprising, “There is Safety in the Forest,” draw from the words of survivors, many of whom found grim safety in dense forests. Their testimonies and prayers are revealed as ceramic letters emerging from wood, steel, and the ground itself. The theme of this work is adaptation in the face of unimaginable cruelty.