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Out of the Shadows: a new exhibition

out-of-the-shadowsOut of the Shadows is a new exhibition by artist Joan Noble, a member of Mosaic Reform Synagogue, who is shining a light on migration, identity and freedom.

The solo exhibition is a stunning body of work that is being held at the Etz Chayim Gallery, Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue until 31 October 2016.

Joan, from South Africa, said: “Finding personal expression and language in my work has been the focus for my latest exhibition Out of the Shadows around the subject of migration, identity and freedom.”

Joan, who works with mixed media, is largely self taught, having not painted since school days. Over the past 20 years she has learned a variety of techniques while attending adult education classes and workshops.

She said:” During this time I developed an interest in mixed media and produce work that is a combination of paper, paint, printing, recycled materials, fabrics and stitch.

Joan’s background and loss of her grandparents has prompted her in the past to run workshops using family photographs, documents and memorabilia to help keep their memory alive.

She said: “I grew up in South Africa without any grandparents as they had perished in the Shoah and my parents had emigrated from Germany in the late thirties to South Africa and Palestine respectively

“My Jewish upbringing and my emotional connections are strong and I am concerned about continuity post Shoah. I feel that I am a second generation bearing a torch from the past. I hope that the next generation will continue to be aware of our heritage and continue to appreciate its wonderful culture, strengths and values.”

Joan has also been involved with Holocaust Survivors and recently completed one of four quilts, each square telling a life story about the liberation of “The Boys” in 1945. This is currently travelling around the UK.

Out of the Shadows will be shown at the Etz Chayim Gallery until 31 October at Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue, Oaklands Gate, HA6 3AA

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