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Walnut & Cherry Woods, Steel     33" x 33" x 78"     1990

The Keeper in You Are Our Keeper can be taken to mean one who protects or one who controls. The "arms" of the wooden figures are used as semaphores to translate the rhythms of a liturgical poem used in the High Holy Day service into a visual motif, illustrating both the security and rigidity of repetitive pattern. The female figures are placed on the base as if they were being controlled like pieces on a chessboard, but the weight and mass of their group gives them their own power. The sculpture is intended to question the nuances of the phrase "you are our keeper", which appears in the poem.

 

 

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