Self Portrait with Distinguishing Features (The Eternal Jew) 2010. Oil on Canvas 29"h x 90"w
This painting explores ongoing bigotry and racial stereotyping in our contemporary world, and in
particular, was created as a reaction to the continuing vociferous hatred and vilification, by some, to
Barack Obama’s election campaign and presidency. This self-portrait is an unequivocal statement of
defiance to those destructive elements in our society who would attempt to divide us. The work is based
upon a series of plaster models stereotyping ‘typical Jewish features’, that were created for the Die
Ewige Jude (The Eternal Jew), a travelling exhibition, which opened in the German Museum in Munich on
November 8, 1937. Die Ewige Jude was the largest prewar anti-Semitic exhibit produced by the Nazis.
Police reports at the time, stated a direct correlation in the rise of anti-Semitic feelings and violence
against the Jewish community in each of the cities where the exhibition was held.
"Do not rejoice in his defeat, you men. For though the world has stood up and stopped the bastard, the
bitch that bore him is in heat again." From Bertolt Brecht's 1941 play, "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui"