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Stitching Together an Artist’s Meditations on Genocide and Trauma

Linda Friedman Schmidt for Under Her Skin (image by Kelsey Bennett and courtesy of The FRONT)

The faces in Linda Friedman Schmidt’s fabric portraits are lifelike and emotive — dancing, crying, or smiling with abandon. Expression is its own kind of freedom; growing up, Schmidt wasn’t often afforded the privilege to emote freely. Born to two Holocaust survivors in a displaced persons camp after World War II, Schmidt witnessed the fear and emotional suppression specific to trauma survivors. Now, she uses her work to explore the intergenerational nature of trauma, the discomfort of being in your skin, and the fear induced by one’s own identity — and the things that heal it, like movement, honest sadness, and shameless joy.

Schmidt is the subject of the fifth … Read the rest