Order and Chaos: The Holocaust Paintings of Phyllis Serota
VenueVancouver Holocaust Education Centre
DescriptionIn February 1997, Victoria artist Phyllis Serota began to paint images of the Holocaust. Starting with two or three images, she soon realized she had initiated a much larger project than she had originally conceived. Her work continued until she had completed the fourteen paintings that would become Order and Chaos. The concept of “tikkun olam,” or the responsibility of the Jewish people to “repair the world” guided her; she felt that wounds must be opened and cleansed in order for healing to occur. It is in this spirit that she offers these paintings, which reveal a profoundly human identification with all those who suffered and continue to suffer the horrors of genocide.