Raising Jacob

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Raising Jacob by Alexa Druyanoff

Artist’s Statement: The family portrait is of a mother, father, and son sitting on the grass for a picnic in Druya, a townlet in Belarus which my great-grandfather left in order to come to the United States. It memorializes a happy time for the family, innocent of the Holocaust. This piece was created using white oil paint and gel medium mixed with ash, painted on a tablecloth stretched over a wood panel. The ash preserves their memories, and also signifies their ultimate deaths in the Holocaust in ashes. 
Alexa Druyanoff is a junior in Beverly Hills, California, and is very passionate about art. She takes painting and figure drawing classes, and engages with her art critique group. She is the Junior Art Director for Harvard-Westlake's Chronicle and is the Art Director for Fresh Ink for Teens.