I often interpret texts by experiencing them on my own body, almost like tasting them. In this way, I can examine ideas and situations closely as I search for meaning and a sense of connection, and even the presence of God.
"A ritual, a prayer? Art is fortunately one of the locales where spirituality is allowed to converge across cultures and in any medium."
- Damien James, Newcity Art 2019 -
THE HOPE - 5:30 minutes
"Standing in soothing water, the artist scribes the words of the Israeli anthem on her arms in an intensifying pace. Her writing is inseparable from deleting: deletion allows continued writing, but also obscures previous words. How many words 'fit' on one arm? Which word is chosen to be separate? What additional / new meaning is charged into the words? References to gender, feminism, locality, and Israeliness arise.”
Efi Gen, Curator, 2019
INTROSPECTION - 4:51 minutes
This is a rendition of the Yom Kippur Vidui prayer, which includes chanting 24 transgressions in alphabetical order while beating the chest. I took the original liturgy and choreography out to nature, pounding my chest with an inked fist as I carved each transgression in the sand and let the waves wash it away. Although the transgressions were gone, an ink stain remained on my white shirt as a reminder that actions leave marks.