Louise Stern

Artist Louise Stern was born in California and is the fourth generation of her family to be born deaf. Here she explores her family history. Stern explains how her grandmother and grandfather came to meet at a club for the deaf in Los Angeles. Her grandmother was born in Vienna and lived through the Nazi occupation of the 1930s, before escaping and moving to London to live with an English family she had met at a European sporting event for the deaf – she eventually lived with them, for twenty years, before going to stay with her sister in LA. Sterns’s grandfather was born in New York city, but moved to LA to find work after he graduated from the school for the deaf, and it was here that he met her grandfather.