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by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-01-18

Gitl Wallerstein-Braun: J Ostrowsky

Gitl Wallerstein-Braun by J Ostrowsky

A 56-year-old orthodox Jewish mother of eight who took up art a decade ago is to be the subject of her own exhibition later this month at Riccardo Giaccherini gallery in central London.

Gitl Wallerstein-Braun, who was born to Holocaust survivors in Israel and was brought up at a home for orphans uses her life experience for her photography and sculptures.

In 1968, she married Mayer Braun, an art collector and writer and in 1976 settled in the orthodox community of Stamford Hill in north London.

Her interest in art, saw her be accepted on a course at Central St Martin's College of Art in London and in 2006, she graduated with a BA in Fine Arts.

Describing her work, fellow artist David Breuer-Weill says: "Gitl presents images that appear to be fragment of a lost and destroyed world, reminiscent of the fragments of Torah Scrolls which the Nazis used to make mundane items,".

He added: "She rescues these fragments from the scrap-heap of a tragic history and by setting them against dark backgrounds emphasises their treasured status. They become like jewels set against a foil."

Gitl Wallerstein-Braun's exhibition at Riccardo Giaccherini, 39 Newman Street, London W1T 1QB opens on 21 January and runs for 2 weeks. Opening hours are 10am to 7pm.