The Germanic Guilt Series: Artwork by Richard Heipp
Richard Heipp, a descendant of German immigrants and a professor of art at the University of Florida says that his provocative “Germanic Guilt” series “addresses autobiographical concerns dealing with [his] cultural heritage.”
His photorealist paintings combine personal and cultural symbols of fear and security with images taken from historic photos used in the German race propaganda of the 1930s and 40s. He works through issues of his own identity by using his likeness in the paintings layered over those of what the Nazis viewed as stereotypical Jews. At the same, the works focus on the potential of one group to dehumanize and victimize another.
Exhibition is on loan from the artist.