New York, NY
Description of Work
Working with inherent gendered liturgy found within Jewish tradition with a broad political and historical scope, her artwork enacts the ubiquitous social, cultural, and personal reality created through this specific inheritance. She works with the interaction between Judaism and the body, combining traditional text study of Biblical and Talmudic sources with contemporary history of the Jewish body and her lived experience. She takes this amalgamation and perform its union and sometimes its disjuncture using her flesh to create embodied rituals for myself that also embodies experiences for others. By using her own skin to interpret tradition she begins to reconceptualize both my body in the context of Judaism and its traditions.
Sarah lives and works in New York City. She is finishing up her MFA in combined media from Hunter College. During her first year of graduate school, she split her time between making art and attending a women’s yeshiva in the city. The study of traditional text influences her practice, although her work is physical in nature. She works with the interaction of Judaism and the body, combining Biblical and Talmudic sources with contemporary history of the Jewish body and lived experience. She takes this amalgamation and performs its union, and sometimes its disjuncture, using her flesh to create embodied rituals. She makes many ritual objects worn on and sometimes using the body itself as material. By using her own skin to interpret tradition, she begins to reconceptualize both her body in the context of Judaism and all of its traditions. She also builds installations, which allows for the physical inhabitation of textual sources. She is engaged with many physical practices outside the studio. The one she has dedicated herself to most is Iyengar Yoga. She also teaches yoga and meditation, and is interested in other mindfulness practices. Psychology and neuroscience fascinate her, and she often reads the science section. She is an avid cyclist, and commutes everywhere by bicycle. She enjoys traveling both to far away places and places in her own back yard, exploring new neighborhoods within the five boroughs of New York on the weekend. She likes to run very much and in general would rather be outside.