25’H x 49” (When installed 9’H X 8’L X 4’W)
hand-cut Tyvek and 3 wooden rods
Storytelling is central to this series of cut-fiber panels. The blade-cut, intricate compositions are mostly landscape based and feature symbolic motifs—flora, fauna, and reflecting myths, fables, and folklore about the women named in the Old Testament. The large sheets are hung from the ceiling and away from the wall so that directed light casts strong shadows behind them, a nod to the flickering, fire-lit rituals of our paleo ancestors. Fiber cutting is a means of making drawing three-dimensional for the lacy panels entice us with their complexity and content.
This piece addresses a number of issues around the meaning of home. When I started this piece, I was thinking about the United States’ current policy of rejecting refugees. For most of Jewish history, the Jewish people were refugees; home was a tribe, a family, and the search for home and land became paramount. The chuppah is a symbol of the home for newlyweds. It is also a reference to the tents that were Sarah and Abraham’s home. The idea of home took on another meaning and again my thoughts turned to those who are without a home to shelter in. If sheltering in place is the only way to be safe and care for the community, how can you when you don’t have a home to shelter in?