Willa’s mother, a first generation American, was a survivor of larynx cancer, and wrote what she would normally speak. Willa utilizes ceramic sculpture, photographs, audio clips and personal objects to reveal how memory, language, Jewish identity, work, disability and aging, shape a life. Willa has created the echo of the voice no longer there, the shape of the hand that held the pen. The Books of Esther: an interdisciplinary exhibition of the life of one woman who ’talked through writing" took place at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education in the Fall of 2012. This exhibition is about the artifacts of our lives, and how we infuse them with meaning. "The Books of Esther" also embodies the essential contribution of written language, and how one woman's need to communicate trumped her disability.