Art and Design
Description, Abstract, or Artist's Statement
The purpose of this piece was to specifically commemorate the children that were victims of the Holocaust. The butterfly is the international symbol for hope, renewal of life, innocence, and beauty, and so I wanted to create something that captured the spirit and souls of all the children that never had a chance to spread their own beautiful wings and fly away from their terrible fate. The horrible crimes and the overall darkest period in history the children had to suffer through is represented by the big dark butterfly in the corner, dressed with gruesome images of what they were put through. The wave of colorful butterflies represents that although their physical bodies did not survive, their souls live on forever through the forms of butterflies: beautiful, free, and full of life, and that they were eventually able to escape their nightmares and leave them behind.
Augustana Digital Commons Citation
Levich, Emma. "A Flight for Hope" (2015). Geifman Prize in Holocaust Studies.