Citrus Grower – פרדסנית

 
 

Zipora Katzprowsky- Patchornik, my mother, had to take care of the family citrus orchards since the age of 16. Her father, Samsom Katzprowsky , an inventive agronom, was killed at 1948 by a bomb in Rehovot. He was on his way to buy something to fix the well of water in the orchard.

Her mother, Bessy Pava- Katzprowsky, was almost blind and helpless.

Her older brother was studying in the United States, and there was a younger sister to attend to.

This collage of her hiding from the sun, has a text on the right-hand side, a dictionary piece I altered. I added the “orchard grower” as should be written  in the feminine form in Hebrew.

I did this work after an evening at Bet Rishonim [Founder’s Home]; As I entered the room dedicated to our brave founders- I noticed it was covered with many formally framed portraits. I found even men from my generation, but almost no women, not even my brave Mum!

 

In my life and art I see myself as one bead in a long chain of creatores. These “Large Remains”,  have the patina of my earliest memories visiting  archaeological exhibitions at the Israel Museum,  with my aunt Miryam, my mother’s sister.

I display the sculptures here as a tribute to the women of my family, who cooked, cleaned, mended and sewed, had babies, and  much more. Without their hard devoted work, thought and love- Ness-Ziona, founded by my ancestors would not flourish.

Where do I begin? http://nonaorbach.com/blog/?p=2659   More on my web site: http://nonaorbach.com/

 

2 Responses to “Citrus Grower – פרדסנית”

  1. Siomara Paciornik Schulman says:

    Glad to see someone honouring those strong women who built Israel for all of us Jews around the world to feel proud about being Jews.

  2. This page is so amazing it makes me cry.

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