ARTIST STATEMENT: My work isÂ informed by experiences I have had as woman raised in an ethnic and orthodox Jewish enclave. In this community women are expected to play a part, and it is where the definition of beauty has parameters. The act of utilizing materials that are messy, adorned, and often trapped, is a way of speaking about those imposed rigid restrictions. I use a variety of materials, many of which allude to female body such as synthetic hair, nails and lashes. My work is imbued with juxtapositions that come as a result of the internal and evolutionary tug of war between my past and present.
Although I have worked with hair for a few years now, my recent work focuses on hair as more of a foundational material. There is a conceptual summation attached to hair that is almost automatic in its relation to femininity, identity, and my religion. Hair also induces a visceral reaction, especially when presented in alternative ways. As a woman, I feel that the most effective way to relay a perspective is through actual material and space, as opposed to illusionistic communication. There is a purity of message when presented with a material in its genuine state. I also believe that although my abstract work comes to life as result of a personal narrative and life experiences, its revelation comes as a result of rebellion and my desire to reject any prescribed way of being.