SCAR OF DAVID
A Painful Wound in Human History.
BADGES OF THE HOLOCAUST
Stars of wire mesh & steel rods (which remind the barbed wire fences that surrounded the camps) hanging on wall, or from ceiling, creating shadows.
The Stars are not perfect and not the same- emphasizing the idea of accepting all humans, even if they are different. I am tearing wire mesh in shapes of letters, words and open wounds, as a symbol to “Kriah” (tearing in Hebrew) an ancient Jewish tradition of tearing a piece of clothing as an expression of grief and anger in the face of death, at funerals
JEWISH STARS Series of 6
Star-JEW / Star-J / Star-U / Star-E / Star-Jude
Jews were forced to wear a 'Yellow Star' with the word Jew. The Badges varied in different countries. Then it was a symbol of hatred and now Star of David is the premier Jewish symbol and center of the Israeli flag.
PERSONAL STARS- GELB Series of 3
GELB is my mother’s birth family name, her parents and four siblings did not survive. In German the meaning of the word Gelb is yellow.
STARS OF COLORED TRIANGLES Series of 3
9 colored triangles, representing the “badges of shame” in Concentration and Death Camps such as ‘Dachau’ and ‘Auschwitz’; prisoners of other backgrounds were given different color badges to indicate what they were there for: Yellow- Jewish, Purple- religious offenders, Green- professional criminals, Red- Political Prisoners, Pink- Sexual Offenders, Brown- Illegal Immigrants, Blue- foreign forced laborers, Black- “asocial elements” (for example: mental illness, alcoholics, prostitutes), White- 'Special Treatment'; many prisoners wearing the colored triangles were not Jewish.
TRIANGLE OF TOGETHERNESS (2013)
medium: wire mesh, metal rods, wires, powder coating, paint, and glue.
Two squares of silver powder coated wire mesh are leaning on each other creating a triangle shape.
Each of the wire mesh squares is a group of figures entwined together; attached to it from the front is a Star of David made of metal rods and wires. The Star looks damaged; its triangles are separated from each other, one is missing a few parts, yet we can still imagine its shape, the second metal triangle is leaning on the human triangle. Wire mesh figures holding onto each other, carrying together the Star of David with its symbols, even when broken it didn’t lose its essence. Life and Survival are united in the Triangle of past, Present and Future