In April 1956 Gina and her children
slipped across the Italian border under the cover of visiting her mother in
husband Eugen followed several months later. Gina could not risk telling anyone, even
close family, that they were leaving. In an attempt to reconcile her guilt Gina
illustrates, on a rain-swept wharf in Rijeka, an imagined farewell to her loved
ones – her best friend, brother, mother and mother-in-law. She says, ‘I know in
my heart it was raining’, and the tears and pouring rain in this painting
represent the symbolic ‘cleaning out’ of her insides.