For some time now Hazel Karr's palette has been changing. Where, before, black and red confronted and embraced one another ... it has now expanded to include green, orange, gold! But Hazel Karr's colours have always been complex, surprising, and contradictory. Her backgrounds may seem dark, almost black, but the closer we look the more we perceive the light in their darkness, the unbelievable glow from within.
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Read JWA's encyclopedia article about her grandmother, Esther Kreitman, sister of Isaac Bashevis Singer and talented Yiddish author in her own right.
Hazel Karr first contacted JWA because she wanted to add some biographical details to the article in the online Encyclopedia about her grandmother, Esther Kreitman. We struck up a correspondence with her and suggested she write a blog post about the differences between between her mother's artwork and her own.
Hazel Karr comes from a family steeped in art and literature. Her grandmother Esther wrote journal articles, translations, and novels, including the autobiographical Der Sheydim Tants (Deborah) in 1946. Esther’s brothers were Issac Bashevis Singer, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1978, and Israel Joshua Singer, who wrote extensively in Yiddish. Esther’s son Maurice Carr had a long career in journalism in Paris and Israel; his wife was Hazel’s mother Lola; the daughter of another Yiddish writer (A.M. Fuchs), she painted throughout her life.
In this post, Hazel Karr searches for the meaning in her mother's paintings and in her own.