Baba's Borscht

Damian Goidich's avatar Damian Goidich

The focus of my work is based on memory and the act of remembering. Memories are an integral part of our daily inner-monologue, and the manner in which we revisit and interpret these memories continues to influence and partially define who we are in the present. When we engage in the act of remembering, our introspection leads to a hind-sighted recollection of sensations and memories. Reacting emotionally to the impressions contained by memory, one can never really remember the truth of the occurrence. The mind, in all its imperfections, will splinter past events and piece together only bits of the truth, for good or ill. What remains is a recollection based in part on fragmented reality and an amplification of distorted emotions. ‘Baba’s Borscht’ is a reflection of this theme, a remembrance of a childhood memory as perceived from an adult perspective. It is an examination of the clash between Old World and New, of the dogmatic cultural expectations of Eastern European traditions and the more modern, relaxed attitude of 20th century America. It is also a psychological representation of the confusing range of emotions associated with the event: the sensations of guilt, shame, fear, discomfort and isolation experienced by a seven-year-old American boy when he wouldn’t eat his Russian grandmother’s cold beet soup at a holiday gathering.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 inch
  • Medium: Charcoal, sumi ink and acrylic on paper
  • Width: 37 5/8 inches
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 29 3/4 inches