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PORTFOLIO
HE-SHE
   - FEMME FATALE

THE LADIES ROOM
   - THE BABE DEN
   - 100% PURE HEROINE
   - STRONG & SEXY
   - CHANGED LANDSCAPES

THE PERSONAL IS POLITICAL

LIGHT DRAWINGS

WHITE LACE

DIVINE LIGHT
   - Jewish Women of the Bible
   - The Tefillin Project
   - Two Generations X Seven
       Emotions
   - Shabbat Prayers
   - songs of the land
   - Garments-of-Light
   - embodied light
    - divine dahlias
   - DANCE TO THE MUSIC
   - wrestling with leviticus 18:22
   - Hallelujah

BET HAYYIM

URBAN ARCHEOLOGY & MODERN RUINS

THE WORLD OF DOLLS

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2016 -2017

PAINT BY NUMBERS
September 2015 - June 2016
Hebrew Union College-JIR Museum
One West Fourth Street, New York NY

Divine Light

I was born in Brooklyn and raised in a conservative Jewish home. My parents and grandparents were immigrants from Eastern Europe, and kept kosher, held traditional Friday-night Shabbos dinners, and sent my brothers and me to Jewish summer camp and to Hebrew school from kindergarten through high school. I was one of the first of my generation of girls to become a Bat Mitzvah, a ritual traditionally reserved for boys.

Yet it was not until much later in my adult life that I realized how much my Jewish childhood and education had shaped my art, vision, values and identity. This portfolio, DIVINE LIGHT, gathers some of the work that more explicitly embodies my Jewish spiritual path.

I began the Tefillin Project after inheriting my father’s sacred set; the Torah commands Jews to bind their head and arms with these leather straps as a way to become closer to God. I discovered that there were very few images of women wearing these ritual objects, and so, beginning with my own self-portrait, I now photograph women who want to learn how to participate in this ancient and holy commandment.

In 2008, I traveled to the Ukraine to explore the history of the once vast community of Eastern European Jews and the gravestones that marked their lives. The images in Songs of the Land are from my portfolio, Bet Hayyim – House of the Living, and reflect my desire to capture the beauty and mystery of this vanished world.

Garments of Light was conceived to make public the unspoken conversations between Muslim and Jewish girls. My piece shows two teenagers dressed in ceremonial religious clothes; the border that surrounds them is made of the head scarf and tallit, and reveals the threads that link their youth, their commitment to education and to religion.

My memory block, WTC – 9/11 Revisited, was placed alongside others created by the members of the Jewish Art Salon in Tobi Kahn’s Embodied Light: 9-11 in 2011 exhibition. I joined a communal voice that expressed the healing power of art as the gallery was transformed into a room for visitors to reflect on remembrance, loss and the enduring human spirit.

Divine Dahlias is a visual reminder that beauty in nature is a reflection of the divine. When I look at these flowers, bursting with life, I am reminded to say thank you.

My photographs, Wrestling with Leviticus No.2 and No.3, explore and comment on the damage done by this Biblical passage “Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind: it is abomination” and its homophobic legacy. .


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