"They Whispered Names to Me - I am a channel"
November 30, 2021
I waited until Chanukah to share this recent example of my work titled, "They Whispered Names to Me - I am a channel." This Menorah (or technically a Hannukiah) was fabricated during the first half of this year, 2021, for an exhibition that will open in 2022. It was finished shortly before the video crew from Craft In America came to my studio in June.
Then, as an amazing stroke of good fortune, the crew decided to record a video of me talking about this artwork -- even though it was not about JEWELRY.
A clip of the video is embedded into this post, but just in case it doesn't work, here is the link.
For this upcoming exhibition, each artist who was invited to participate was given a transcript and video interview of a woman rabbi. The overall premise was to recognize women in religious leadership, as part of an ongoing and sometimes controversial issue in Judaism and other religions all over the world. How can this still be true?
It is unbelievable that women are still treated as second-class citizens in current cultures and religions to this day! This is why I decided to participate in the invitational.
The title for this piece consists of two quotes from my assigned woman rabbi, Rabbi Noa Kushner in San Francisco. Listen to this short video from PBS and see what you think.
I would love to respond to any questions that you may have -- so ask away.
In future posts, I will be sharing images of the intermediate steps during the construction of this piece. This will document the sometimes tortuous and challenging journey it takes to fabricate an idea from inception to the final screw.
Images: "They Whispered Names to Me - I am a channel"
Materials: Recycled tin cans, brass, candle cups cast from a 19th century Menorah, brass screws, 10 k gold and sterling silver rivets.
The Shamash is fixed on the left side of the frame to prevent it from being lost or stolen.
Photo Credit for these images: Philip Cohen
Dimensions: 21.75” H x 23” W x 3.5” D