Marion Anna Simon: Gemaltes Kaddisch
In 333 selfportraits, Marion Anna Simon dares to undertake an unusual transcription of Jewish Kaddish.
On January 7, 2017, one day after the death of her mother, Marion Anna Simon began work on her painted Kaddish. What initially began as a very personal process of grieving quickly developed into an artistic con-cept: 333 painted and drawn self-por-traits were creat-ed within eleven months—in daily notes, with acrylic and watercolor, pencil and ballpoint pen, oil crayon and pastel, on paper and canvas, wallpaper and cardboard, in lined exercise books and cheap note-pads. Marion Anna Simon’s cycle explores her own face as a place of mourning and self-affi rmation, documenting an artistic ritual beyond the Jewish prohibition of images and patriarchal attributions to sons in the tradition of the sanctifi cation prayer for the memory of the dead.
This volume accompanies the exhibition at the SchPIRA Museum, Speyer, from May 25 to June 21, 2019.