Judith Brodsky founded the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper in 1986 as a forum for artists to exchange ideas and explore new working processes. She has remained a strong advocate of the creative potential of printmaking, explaining, “the nature of printmaking… lends itself to complex expression…. [P]rintmaking is really the point at which the artist’s individual ideas meet with the artist’s hand through the possibilities of reproduction.” This work is part of a series called 'Memoir of an Assimilated Family', in which Brodsky used old family photographs to capture the integration of Jewish immigrants into American culture. The main photograph features her late husband and his high school girlfriend (on the left) dressed for prom. The less glamorous-looking girl repeated below is Brodsky as a child. Through the juxtaposition of these images, Brodsky invites a comparison between herself and the young woman.
Date of Birth
Photo etching on paper
13 1/4 x 10 in. (33.655 x 25.4 cm.)
Art by Women Collection, Gift of Linda Lee Alter
© 1998 Judith Brodsky