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Through art, daughter confronts family’s past demons

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Lisa Rosowsky was raised in a cozy house in Needham, encouraged by attentive, academically minded parents – and haunted by a sense of things unsaid.

In the exhibition “Blood Memory” at Brandeis University in Waltham, Rosowsky explores family and loss from the viewpoint of a child of the Holocaust generation.

“It’s about everybody’s family memories and everybody’s hard losses. It’s about family secrets, which everybody has,” said the Framingham artist.

“Blood Memory” is an expression Rosowsky had heard others use to describe sensations like her own. “They feel like they are carrying memories from generations before them that they never met,” she explained.

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