Bet Ha'am: House of the People

Posted on: September 27, 2017
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Sustainably harvested applewood, maple, red dogwood, archival 140lb. paper, purchased reed, wood dyes, pigment inks, thread 52"L x 40"W x 22"D 2015 In Jewish Tradition we kiss the Torah, prayer shawls, and some ceremonial objects to show love, respect and remembering. Members of Reform Congregation Bet Ha'am in South Portland, Maine were invited to kiss a triangle of paper while thinking about what they love about their congregation/community. These were sewn together into 6 pointed stars and then sewn together end to end, colored, and placed in a wall hung vessel evoking the Burning Bush and the ner tamid: eternal flame in each synagogue. More than 200 people participated in this project, which was part of a Maine Jewish Museum invitational exhibition of art inspired by Maine's Synagogues.

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BFA Alumni

Major: Sculpture

Graduation Year: 2008

Artist Statement:

I am interested in ending the ubiquitous practice of humans hurting other humans (individually and in whole groups) and destroying our planet. Nations repeatedly go to war, destroying people, who are treated as less than human, while the environment is poisoned for decades to come, only to then become allies with those same “enemy” nations one or two generations later. We must learn better, much sooner.
My work engages people in thinking and dialogue on these and related issues. It is also important to me that my work encourages people to stop and think, feel and connect with their most human selves, with the natural world, and with each other.