Fabric of Survival: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz

By Memorial Art Gallery

Sunday, December 2, 2018 11:00am to 5:00pm

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Esther Nisenthal Krinitz was 12 in 1939 when the Nazis came to her Polish village. She remembers every detail through a series of exquisitely embroidered fabric collages. 

In 1977, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz began creating works of fabric art to depict her stories of survival. Trained as a dressmaker but untrained in art, she created a collection of

36 needlework and fabric collage pictures in strong, vivid colors and striking details with a sense of folk-like realism. Meticulously stitched words beneath the pictures provide a narrative. While the pictures are visually pleasing, almost cheerful, a closer examination reveals the stark incongruity between the pastoral surroundings and the human violence, terror and betrayal that are their subjects. 

Her art is an eyewitness account of tragedy and healing. 

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