My work is inspired by abstract expressionism, by my heritage as a Jewish-feminist and by the major social change movements of the last sixty years. I use branches and saplings from local woodlands to root myself in the earth. Many images have a larger view, on click.

 

 

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Forgiveness: Selichot

Measurements: 22"W x 24"H x 6"D

Mixed hard woods, fiber, gold leaf

2016

Selichot is a prayer for forgiveness, part of a series of rituals and actions at the beginning of the Jewish New Year, designed to encourage relationship mending on all levels. "Forgiveness: Selichot", uses ribbons from the 2007 installation "Teshuvah" to create a small sculpture about the preciousness of relationships and about the generosity of spirit that is needed to keep them flourishing.

photo: Jay York

 
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Forest Creature Giving Birth

Measurements: 13" L x 9" W x12" H

locally harvested tree and bamboo roots, natural color and non-toxic paint

2015

I enjoy letting natural materials speak to me. This creature seemed to 'emerge' from the densely tangled root of a small tree I found, that had been dug up and thrown away on the side of the road in Vietnam. As a child I believed that such creatures live in the forests of the world, caretakers, looking out for all living things. This is such a creature, giving birth to the next generation.

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photos: Long Hoàng

 
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Deer with Ethnic Roots

approximately: 5'H x 4'W x 3'D

locally harvested wood, locally woven traditional MUONG cotton cloth.

This work was part of my 2015 ECOArt Residency at Muong Studio in Hoa Binh, Vietnam. It references the presence there, to this day, of an ancient culture of human beings on land that once, long ago, belonged to deer and other animals. In the American/Vietnam war much forest was ruined. As an American, I am deeply sad for this loss, and for the effects of chemical warfare on Vietnam and on the planet we now share, no longer as enemies, but as co-inhabitants, who want the land and its creatures to flourish for many generations to come.

Offering

photos: Long Hoàng

 
 
 
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Offering

24" W x 4" D x 22" High

sustainably harvested maple wood and dogwood, dyes, inks, thread, archival paper

2015

Visitors to the 2015 Maine Jewish Film Festival and to Art Kibbutz NY for the 2015 Shmita ARTFest in New York City, were invited to answer the following question: "WHAT ACT OF HEALING WILL YOU COMMIT TO AND OFFER TO YOUR CREATOR/ TO YOUR PLANET/ TO YOUR UNIVERSE?" Their answers are woven into the sculpture.

photo: Jay York

 
L'Shanot: Change
 
Friendship II

L' Shanot: Change

7' W x 4' H x 2.5' Deep

mixed local, sustainably harvested hardwood, stained

2013

Based on the Hebrew letter shin and its myriad meanings and symbolisms.

photos: Aaron Flacke

 
Miriam's Basket
 
Friendship II

Miriam's Vessel

willow in random weave

L 5' x W 2.5' x H 2'

2012

photos: Jay York

 
Sukkah

Dwelling Place framework

University of New England Gallery Garden 2012
Dimensions 9' H x variable size walls up to 14' W x 15.5' L
locally resourced mixed hardwood saplings
Friendship II

How Beautiful Are Thy Tents


mixed hardwoods, dye, mixed fiber
7.5' H x 7' W x 6.5' D
2012

above photo: Jay York

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Friendship II

Friendship II : #2 & #6

hardwoods; recycled plastic bags; cut, braided, bound
8' L x 4' W x 4' H
2010 - 2011

Friendship II

Friendship II : #3 & #5

hardwoods; recycled plastic bags; cut, braided, bound

7' L x 4' W x 7' H

2011

see also Public Art and Installation page

Basket

Basket Form I

Mixed woods and tree bark
42" H x 54"' W x 46"' D

2009

Shall We Fight or Dance
 
Shall We Fight or Dance
 
Shall We Fight or Dance

Shall We Fight or Dance

Rhododentron, pine, yellow barberry, stains
h 5' x 9'10" w x 4'6" d

2008



bottom two photos: Aaron Flacke

Chair Series

Tree Chair

mixed local hardwoods and resin
h 57" w 33" d 28"

2013

 

Chairs whisper to me; they evoke ideas and memories. Chairs shape inter-actions between people; they have their own power. Most of us have had a favorite chair somewhere in our lives. Each of these chairs was inspired by a found object or material.

promise

found chair, twigs, fiber, paint
h 31" w 39" d 40"

2006

 

crone

locally harvested oak, cherry, birch, walnut
h 51" w 25" d 23"

This is functional sculpture, recreating the experience of sitting in a tree, bark under your fingers - a tangible connection to the earth. 2006

 

‘mad’ housewife

mixed metals, found objects
h 39" w 21" d 21"

The experience of being a wife in a society, which still does not believe in equality. Being seduced by shiny gadgets, which are supposed to shorten the work, and to somehow make up for the isolation and fatigue which, no matter how rewarding the partnership, often come with the role. 2005

above chair photographs by Jay York

Family Dispossessed

Objects found at RR tracks near homeless encampment: wood, steel, roofing tar, resin
5'7" h x approx. 4'w x 3'd

Part of a series inspired by people who have experienced homelessness. For history and process see “Kaddish for the Dispossessed” 2007