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The high quality execution and honest charm of Krinitz’s body of intricate memory embroideries give unique and powerful testimony… Simply put, Esther Krinitz’s work ranks among the very best.

Rebecca Hoffberger, Founder and Director of American Visionary Art Museum

FABRIC OF SURVIVAL

The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz

In 1977, at the age of 50, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz began creating works of fabric art to tell her story of survival. Trained as a seamstress, but with no training in art, she ultimately created 36 remarkable fabric pictures of strong, vivid images and folk-art realism, meticulously stitching the narrative of her story beneath each picture.

 

We invite you to view all 36 of Esther’s works along with the captions she stitched and, for selected works, listen to the narration by Esther’s daughters. Transcripts of narrated works prepared by the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science Docent Association.

 

To see stitching details of sections of various images, please visit our Details Gallery

Story Timeline: Before the War (1-6) | Nazi Occupation (7-17) | Separation (18-21) | Seeking Refuge (22-25) | Hiding in Plain Sight (26-29) | Liberation (30-32) | America (33-36)

Click on each image to read the captions, listen to narration, expand, and download the images. At the top of each page you can navigate between images using the directional arrows.

All images © Art and Remembrance 2021