An old legend tells of a man-made mud creature that was brought to life by magic. The tale recounts ancient creation myths and has captured the imagination of scholars and writers from the 2nd century Kabbalistic Book of Creation to Mary Shelley's 19th-century Frankenstein story. According to the famed 16th-century story from Prague, the Golem was created to serve and protect those who were persecuted, and it did not have a will of its own. Some say that over time it developed a desire to adopt human behaviors such as praying or having a family; others say it grew too strong. Eventually it got out of control and was put down to become dirt again.
The Golem Series references the Golem folktale as well as the story of the creation of man, as told in Genesis 2:7, and exists in the space between the holy and the mundane as it raises questions about the way we relate to nature, artmaking, artificial intelligence, and gender.