As I wring, pull, and wrap this fleshy mass around my arms, with gestures evocative of the wrapping of phylacteries, I consider themes around body, gaze, intimacy, & meditativeness, and think about the gestures that shape my habitus as a Jewish woman.
Here, I continue my investigations of materials that are evocative of body and skin alongside materials that are symbolic of my personal family life. The linoleum is from the home I grew up in. I peel a thin latex mold of it towards me, as it crinkles and snaps, creating an artificial skin imprinted with imagery of home on top of my own flesh. It smothers, distorts, adorns, and blankets my body. I am experimenting with this material and ways of configuring it with my body to think about the push and pull of the safety and anxiety of home