My Narrative

The drive to make work comes from my having survived childhood abuse. My artistic practice is ground- ed in Zen monastic training and is another tool for seeing my self. Seeing who I am is only the beginning of my growth as an artist, as my identity has been forged by the trauma I inherited from my mother and her experiences in the Holocaust. This traumatic experience and other parts who I am was where I started, with my own story.

In My Mother's Footsteps

In My Mother's Footsteps

Following the path my mother took during the Holocaust, from her birthplace in Berlin, Germany to her escape to Holland, deportation to Westerbork, then Theresien- stadt, Auschwitz, Christianstadt, the death march and Bergen Belsen, where she and her two sisters were liberated. An exploration of my inheritance of her traumatic memories by utilizing these exact locations, 2000-2009

The Number Project

The Number Project

I branded my mother’s Auschwitz number on my arm and photographed it as it healed as well as myself with it in different social contexts, 2011

In the Same House

In The Same House

Where a family lived for four or more generations: Explores the intergeneration- al lives of aboriginal Hakka people in rural south Taiwan, who are discriminated against as the “Jews of the East,” 2006-2007

wako works of art, installation view
Footsteps 5
Footsteps 7
Footsteps 15
Footsteps 19
Footsteps 27
Footsteps 28
Footsteps 36
Footsteps 48
Footsteps 56
Footsteps 62
Framed artwork, Footsteps 48 with text
Framed Footsteps 41 with text
in my mother's footsteps, installation view
Installation view, Wako Works of Art, Tokyo 2009
first floor 2
first floor
Installation 2008
Installation view 3
Installation view 9
Busan Biennale 2010 Install
Busan Biennale 2010 Install
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my mothers scar where her number was
My mother's sisters number
my mothers scar where her number was
Branding video still Garbasz
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Day 104
portait day 1
Day 8 slut walk belrin 13.8
Day 24, 29.8
Garbasz--Six Used Brands, installation view
Garbasz--The Number Project, 2011--installation shot III
The Number Project, Installation View
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Four Generations
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