Waning (August 19, 2007-July 14, 2008) & Waxing (July 27, 2018-May 10, 2019), 2020
Pulped discarded bedsheets and t-shirts
Edition varee or 3 + 1 AP
Overall 33 x 92 inches. Each 33 x 46 inches.

Waning (8/19/07 – 7/14/08) & Waxing (7/27/18 - 5/10/19), a deeply personal piece about my experience as a grieving daughter and expecting mother twelve years apart, drew from a need to seek catharsis through transformation of physical materials via mimicry of Jewish mourning rituals. In Jewish tradition, fabric on the chest is ripped at graveside, symbolic of exposing one’s heart in grief.  At the conclusion of the mourning period, the rip is sewn and repaired, no longer raw, but leaving a visible scar. Waning depicts the phases of the moon from 11 month traditional Jewish mourning period following my Father’s death August 19, 2007. Waxing depicts the phases of the moon from my 41 week pregnancy prior to giving birth on May 10, 2019. Made almost 12 years apart, the wood carvings from which the pieces are cast, begin with death and end with life. The diptych, with palpable shifting phases of the moon, exists as an attempt to feel the ongoing connection between the two events and cycles of love and loss.

Photo Credit: Phillip Maisel