|1932, born in Paarl, South Africa
Much of Miriam’s sculpture is an intimate biography of her life, friends and family. Her mother left Lithuania for South Africa leaving behind her sister and family. The events of the last war and the subsequent tragic consequence of inhuman and discriminatory behavior affected Miriam. She vividly remembers a letter telling of the great losses her aunt suffered in the Kovno ghetto concentration camps, how her children were taken from her side and could not be traced.
The technical constraints of forming bronzes, carving wood or casting in cement fondue are considerable. Seeking the solution so compelling that she spends hours in the studio. Mentored over the years by sculptors Michael Mitford Barberton, the late Nell Kaye, June te Water and Caroline van der Merve, Miriam has worked consistently and amassed a considerable body of work. Like the Impressionist’s, she searches for the subjective feeling her subject engenders rather than exact visual verisimilitude.
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