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