I make work that wrestles my forbears’ lack of security from my bones. The smell of Jewish yearning for safety sits at the roots of my hair, rests in my nail beds, and tugs at the rough, red edges of my skin. I draw on traditional Jewish ritual, organic materials, and themes around body, anxiety, family history, and femininity to probe the tensions between safety and discomfort, paranoia and cautiousness, and what it means to be complicit. Taking an auto-ethnographic approach, I investigate and refigure the ways intergenerational trauma manifests in my body, interrogating the edges of my comfort zone and helping myself heal. In my stained glass work, I focus on creating items such as hamsas and mezuzah cases, which demarcate Jewish space and which are associated with protection, safety, and comfort for the home and its inhabitants. I employ a wide range of mediums, mostly centering on performance, installation, painting, and sculpture.
I graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, where I studied Anthropology, Visual Art, and Chinese Language and Culture. I grew up in northern New Jersey. From 2016-2017, my practice was based in Xinjiang, China. From 2017-2019 I was based in Beijing. Since 2020 I have been based in Brooklyn, New York.