Intervention / Inversion

Installation in @Archive, Summer 2013
National Jewish Archive, Budapest, Hungary

Jewish Archive Intervention Storage
Genisa installation
Jewish Archive Intervention Women's Issues
Talking in the Jewish Archive
Talking in the Jewish Archive
Jewish Archive Intervention Looking Through the Genisa
Jewish Archive Intervention Storage
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Much of my work focuses on the image of text based on a Cabalistic belief, which explains that two holy books were actually handed down: the Black Torah and the White Torah. The Black one is made of all the black letters while the White Torah is made up of all the space between them – between the words and between the letters — where the Cabalists believed true wisdom could be found.

My interest in working with the National Jewish Archive was twofold: I wanted to make an ‘intervention’ – to make and place artwork into the archive storage itself to start a contemporary dialogue with the objects there. In doing so, the idea of exhibition is re-defined, an ‘inversion’ – as objects are integrated into storage, they re-present the function of the Archive as living document instead of perceiving it as solely a repository of the past.


Artwork Group 1: Black/White Torah

– Solomon’s Wisdom was the first work I did exploring these Cabbalist ideas. I wrote and burnt my text into the accordion paper. It was then ripped apart and stapled back together again. In doing so, each of the pages leave a gaping hole.

– Three papers are printed with the eulogy I said for my mother, then ripped and re-stapled. This physical manifestation of the act of creating is simultaneously, an homage to motherhood as it is a nod to the wisdom that the sum of parts can never equal the whole.


Artwork Group 2: Genisa

– My Genisa series explores the variables of this symbolic container — a traditional receptacle for refuse that contains the name of G-d and therefore is collected for proper burial. My fascination with this object came from my interest in detritus – and its denotative & connotative meaning. I’ve chosen to display several ‘genisas’ – that are not boxes or containers as such, yet the paper ‘contains’ that which must be honored:

9/11: is a small work, paper made from actual dust & detritus I collected near Ground Zero in late September 2001. The image printed on the paper is from a photograph I took of marks made into the dust on a nearby window.

Page: is a sheet with a found page of a prayer book embedded within.

Book: is a sheet with a book found on the street embedded within.

64 Stones – 2 squares – have pinned pieces of a paper with names of God.


Artwork Group 3: Reflections about Shoah

– Just 30 Words is an artist book edition of 30 that responds to the Waldsee postcards.

– Morning Prayer 2:  In a tefillin-shaped container, a tiny book with archive & contemporary photographs of the Staircase of Death in Mauthausen labor camp are interspersed with the one-hundred-eighty-six numbers of the steps themselves.