Shimon Okshteyn: Memory #3


Memory #3, 1980 (Don’t Forget There Are Relatives Series)
Pencil on paper
27 x 23 inches

©Shimon Okshteyn Estate

Four drawings in this series are of the old Jewish cemetery in the artist’s native town in Ukraine – Chernivtsi. The cemetery has been long closed and is weed-choked. The drawings accurately portray toppled and tilting gravestones with Jewish religious symbols and offer haunting testimony to how much the memory of this once vital Jewish community has been relegated to an almost abandoned past.