I am working on a new series for an exhibition titled “Hiraeth.” I will be part of a 2 person show with an artist and friend, Diana Gonzales Gandolfi, with whom I have many things in common among which are very similar backgrounds. We were both born in the same hospital in Argentina 11 days apart. We both left Argentina with our families when we were very young. I was 10, she was 8. Now we are both artists and work with encaustic . We live close to one another, she in New Jersey, me in Philadelphia.

“Hiraeth.”  (n.) a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past.

I never heard of this word before. I don’t remember where I saw it or heard about it, but as soon as I saw it, I said to myself, ” I need to use this word for the title of our exhibition.” Diana liked the title as well.

The exhibition will be held at The Embassy of Argentina in Washington DC. The opening day and reception is on Wednesday, February 4th at 6:30 pm.

I am working on all new pieces with encaustic, collage and oil sticks. I am making 3 diptychs. Each finished set will be 36×48. I had to work around the gallery space at the Embassy,  a rotunda with very high ceilings.

I will continue to post the process of each piece. Stay tuned.

©Dora Ficher - work in progress
©Dora Ficher – work in progress
©Dora Ficher – work in progress
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©Dora Ficher – The Beginning
©Dora Ficher – work in progress. My story.


©Dora Ficher - work in progress. I added a photo of the door to my most memorable house. It's the door I have on my painting.
©Dora Ficher – work in progress. I added a photo of the door to my most memorable house. It’s the door I have on my painting.






13 Replies to “Hiraeth”

  1. This is so cool – I’d never heard that word before – but it resonates with me. I’m going to do a little research on the word – i love how you show the process of your work. Wish I could make it to DC to see it! My in-laws are there, so I do get there every now and then

  2. Hi Vickie,

    Thank you! I had never heard of the word until a few months ago. If by any chance you happen to get to DC around Feb. 4th, stop by. 🙂

  3. What an interest story about your two Argentinian artists, and how lucky you are to be working together, I am looking forward to see more works and I really really wish I could see it in person! Also the word that you are using to name the show truly symbolizes the sentiment of all of us living away from our native lands.

  4. Dori creo que con esa palabra que encontraste, finalmente terminas cerrando el ciclo, y entendiendo los vericuetos de la vida y la devolves con tu arte.

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