My mixed media fiber and textile works explore the process and perception of time and space through the natural cycles of growth and decomposition, day and night, and year over year. Drawing upon Jewish practice, tradition and ritual as an underlying concept in the works, each stitch, brushstroke and form leaves its mark of a day, a moment, a feeling.
I was introduced to the process of botanical eco-prints and hand-stitching during an artist residency at Createspace Wales, United Kingdom, in late 2019.
The link between fiber art and my Jewish identity is a personal one, provoked by discovery of family history pre-WWII in the textile manufacturing field in Germany. After discovering this information, I decided to connect my artistic practice, Jewish identity and long-time interest in fiber art. As I integrate my Judaism and a re-imagine the possibilities of Jewish art, I connect Jewish ritual observance, tradition and studies of historical text with my contemporary creative practice as a painter and mixed media artist.
“Counting the Omer/Counting the Quarantine,” is a mixed media textile piece that references the counting of time. Individual fiber pieces were created daily during the ritual observance of counting the Omer, the 49-day period between Passover and the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, which also coincided in 2020 with the international shutdown due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. As the effects of the pandemic stretched into the Summer and Fall, I combined the small fiber pieces into one large panel, adding additional found objects, fiber and stitches.
“In a Glade,” collaborative mixed media installation with artist Drew Austin, featured at Pink Progressions: Collaborations, Arvada Center for the Arts, Colorado, 2020.
“Sanctuary” (dimensions variable) is created with botanical eco-prints, alcohol and natural inks, and hand-embroidery on raw silk on linen, suspended on found branches. Below the fabric panels are found rocks from Wales, California and Vermont, wrapped in hand-felted wool cords.