Chinese X Jewish cultures
Media: Acrylic on Canvas
Year of completion: 2016
Hannah Senesh was a paratrooper trained to rescue Jews during the Holocaust. Captured and killed by the Nazi’s at 22, she is still a national heroine in Israel.
Qiu Jin was a Chinese revolutionary, feminist and writer. She was executed after a failed uprising against the Qing dynasty at the age of 31, and she is considered a national heroine in China.
Through their brief but noteworthy lives, Senesh and Qiu became a symbol of idealism and self-sacrifice. Their poems, made famous in part because of their unfortunate death, reveal a woman imbued with hope, even in the face of adverse circumstances. Quotes from their works are used in this painting.