Artist Mindy Wiesel describes a search for beauty as child of survivors


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Welcome to Times Will Tell, the weekly podcast from The Times of Israel.

This week, we speak with artist Mindy Wiesel about her lifelong search for beauty in her artwork and life, amid the turmoil, pain and love of her Holocaust survivor parents.

"AFTER: The Obligation of Beauty," is an unusual memoir, a hardbound, slim volume that divides Weisel's life into chapters of her artistic experience, with photos of her work, which includes paintings, glassworks and sculpture, illustrating each section.

It's a work that Weisel wrote over the course of eleven years, tracing her search for beauty in her life. She was born after the Holocaust, in the Bergen-Belsen Displaced Person's Camp to parents who survived Auschwitz, and is a cousin to the late Elie Wiesel.

Yet despite those complicated beginnings, the book is Weisel's own story, her struggles as a "second generation," a child of survivors. The memoir traces Weisel's lifelong journey to understand her parents' trauma into which she was born and an unshakable will to live with beauty, one that she has attempted to fulfill her entire life.

By weaving a tapestry of her art, narrative, poetry and journals, Weisel offers moving insights into her life and work, especially her deep-seated conviction that beauty and love can overcome tragedy.

Weisel, her husband and children lived in Washington, DC for forty years before she moved with her husband to Jerusalem ten years ago.

Her art is on permanent display at the National Museum of American Art, Oxford University and the Israel Museum, and in many public and private collections.

The book is available for purchase on Amazon; Weisel will also have a solo exhibit this November at the Rosenbach Gallery in Jerusalem.

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IMAGE: Artist Mindy Weisel in her Jerusalem home, prior to the September 2021 launch of her memoir, "After."

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