Learning the Klezmer Step
Learning the Klezmer Step

ink on Stonehenge, 50" x 38", 2018

The word Klezmer means vessels of song and is a type of Jewish music and dance. Dance and movement are important and long standing traditions in both Jewish religious and secular life to celebrate life events such as marriages and holidays. These prints are a record of learning these traditional dance steps and an attempt to visualize how legacy and ritual are transmitted.

Learning the Tcherkessia Step
Learning the Tcherkessia Step

ink on Stonehenge, 50" x 38", 2018

The word Klezmer means vessels of song and is a type of Jewish music and dance. Dance and movement are important and long standing traditions in both Jewish religious and secular life to celebrate life events such as marriages and holidays. These prints are a record of learning these traditional dance steps and an attempt to visualize how legacy and ritual are transmitted.

Learning the Debka Step
Learning the Debka Step

ink on Stonehenge, 50" x 38", 2018

The Debka step is a middle eastern dance that is also known as the Palestinian national dance. These prints are a record of learning traditional dance steps and an attempt to visualize how legacy and ritual are transmitted.

The Tcherkessia Step in Obfuscation
The Tcherkessia Step in Obfuscation

graphite on drawing paper, glass, 7' x 3.5', 2018

rit·u·al

1. a religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order. 2. the prescribed order of performing a ceremony, especially one characteristic of a particular religion or church. 3. a series of actions or type of behavior regularly and invariably followed by someone.

This piece is a contemplation on the relationship between ritual and belief. Beliefs strongly shape a persons identity and rituals, whether sacred or secular, are often times the physical manifestations of those beliefs. This works considers whether rituals can instill belief or if belief is an antecedent to ritual.

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The Klezmer Step | Glass Study
The Klezmer Step | Glass Study

enamel on glass, 22” x 22”, 2018

Woven Debka and Klezmer Step
Woven Debka and Klezmer Step

graphite on stonehenge, 50” x 38”, 2018

The Debka Step is the Palestinian National Dance and the Klezmer is traditionally an Israeli dance, here they are woven together to create something new entirely. The footsteps become hard to decipher and create a unique pattern. The intersecting of these two culturally significant dance moves is an act of hope for a future of cohabitation and shared cultural experiences.

She Called Herself The Referee of Love
She Called Herself The Referee of Love

blown glass, wood, stonehenge paper, 15” x 150”, 2018

What is lost and what is gained in the transcribing of oral histories?What makes an object sacred?

The story of my great great grandmother Bella Neiderman was told to me by my grandmother orally and recorded, then typed for posterity and finally, meticulously written onto a scroll. The narrative is overlaid on a print of me learning the Klezmer Step and is revealed and concealed by the ink. The title refers to what my grandmother called herself as she was the median point in a tumultuous family life.

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Learning the Klezmer Step
Learning the Tcherkessia Step
Learning the Debka Step
The Tcherkessia Step in Obfuscation
graphite debka detail.jpg
The Klezmer Step | Glass Study
Woven Debka and Klezmer Step
She Called Herself The Referee of Love
scroll left finnial detail.jpg
scroll writing detail.jpg
Learning the Klezmer Step

ink on Stonehenge, 50" x 38", 2018

The word Klezmer means vessels of song and is a type of Jewish music and dance. Dance and movement are important and long standing traditions in both Jewish religious and secular life to celebrate life events such as marriages and holidays. These prints are a record of learning these traditional dance steps and an attempt to visualize how legacy and ritual are transmitted.

Learning the Tcherkessia Step

ink on Stonehenge, 50" x 38", 2018

The word Klezmer means vessels of song and is a type of Jewish music and dance. Dance and movement are important and long standing traditions in both Jewish religious and secular life to celebrate life events such as marriages and holidays. These prints are a record of learning these traditional dance steps and an attempt to visualize how legacy and ritual are transmitted.

Learning the Debka Step

ink on Stonehenge, 50" x 38", 2018

The Debka step is a middle eastern dance that is also known as the Palestinian national dance. These prints are a record of learning traditional dance steps and an attempt to visualize how legacy and ritual are transmitted.

The Tcherkessia Step in Obfuscation

graphite on drawing paper, glass, 7' x 3.5', 2018

rit·u·al

1. a religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order. 2. the prescribed order of performing a ceremony, especially one characteristic of a particular religion or church. 3. a series of actions or type of behavior regularly and invariably followed by someone.

This piece is a contemplation on the relationship between ritual and belief. Beliefs strongly shape a persons identity and rituals, whether sacred or secular, are often times the physical manifestations of those beliefs. This works considers whether rituals can instill belief or if belief is an antecedent to ritual.

The Klezmer Step | Glass Study

enamel on glass, 22” x 22”, 2018

Woven Debka and Klezmer Step

graphite on stonehenge, 50” x 38”, 2018

The Debka Step is the Palestinian National Dance and the Klezmer is traditionally an Israeli dance, here they are woven together to create something new entirely. The footsteps become hard to decipher and create a unique pattern. The intersecting of these two culturally significant dance moves is an act of hope for a future of cohabitation and shared cultural experiences.

She Called Herself The Referee of Love

blown glass, wood, stonehenge paper, 15” x 150”, 2018

What is lost and what is gained in the transcribing of oral histories?What makes an object sacred?

The story of my great great grandmother Bella Neiderman was told to me by my grandmother orally and recorded, then typed for posterity and finally, meticulously written onto a scroll. The narrative is overlaid on a print of me learning the Klezmer Step and is revealed and concealed by the ink. The title refers to what my grandmother called herself as she was the median point in a tumultuous family life.

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