Fall - Bender Hamlet



Bender Hamlet was founded in 1903 as the first Jewish community in Manitoba. It was abandoned in the 1920s. Seventy years later and quite by accident, I stumbled across it. The only recognizable structure left was that of the cemetery, and to get to it I had to navigate the secondary growth characteristic of abandoned farmland. What I found were these rather severe walls, a Star of David gate and one small tombstone laid off to the side. When you are there you cannot help but feel that you may be the only visitor for years.

Art is capable of honouring reality; it can capture, perhaps even transcend, time. And by putting in the effort involved in a painting you are making the statement that what you have witnessed actually matters. If you understand this painting you know that it was done for those who would never see it.

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