Item 20.22-20 - Sidi Schaffer

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Sidi Schaffer

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  • August 8, 2022 (Creation)

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Oral Interview with Sidi Schaffer for the JMABC Artists Scribe. Interviewed by Daniella Givon. Sidi goes over her family history in Romania, where she was born, and across Eastern Europe, and then details her immediate family in Canada. Sidi describes her artistic influences from her parents who were professional photographers after WWII, especially her mother who encouraged her to do art. Being born in 1938, some of Sidi’s earliest childhood memories are of fleeing from the Holocaust with her family. Sidi found art to be an escape from personal traumas, which eventually took her to art school in Bucharest where she met her husband, David. Sidi describes her and David’s time living in Israel, and eventually moving to Edmonton where she pursued more formal arts education. Sidi describes opportunities to show her printmaking and painted works, and teach arts across Canada. She also describes inspiration from nature, freedom of expression, and memories of the Holocaust. She outlines how the Gesher Project helped her develop as a Jewish artist, and how she produces Judaic influenced art with her sister.

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Name of Interviewer: Daniella Givon

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Place of Interview: Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture, Vancouver

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Birthdate: September 18, 1938

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Birth place: Rădăuți, Romania

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Related materials: Avery, Frimer and Appleton refer to Sidi Schaffer within their interviews for the artists themed Scribe.

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Related materials: Sidi talks about working in a factory in Haifa where Pnina Granirer worked prior and also mentioned in her artists Scribe interview.

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