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    Plexiglas, Mylar & Wood      36" x 28" x 31"      1989


The difficulty of simultaneously being a contemporary feminist and an observant Jew in a male-dominated Jewish hierarchy was addressed in Ferboten (Forbidden), a plexiglas, wood and mylar construction. A 127-foot-long painting on mylar, depicting the dreams and aspirations of Jewish women (to participate in religious rituals, study Torah, own property but not be treated as property, and live an equal life), has been crushed and shoved into a clear plexiglas padlocked box; surrounding the box are two groups of five black-hatted men (representing the minyan), whose outstretched arms form a black web that encircles and binds the compartment, veiling the contents. The cabinet is standing on the shoulders of four women, forming the base and support for the whole structure, depicting the principal role women have played in shaping and supporting an institution that, on the surface, appears to have been largely the creation of men.




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