Independent researcher, educator, artist, writer. Working on the subjects of memory and identity as reflected in art and material culture. Lived in Russia, Israel and the UK. In USA since 2017.
Visiting research fellow at the Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Minnesota. Studied textile design (weaving) and art, Modern Jewish Studies. Practice-based PhD addressed 19th cent. German Jewish ceremonial textiles and their relevance in contemporary art practice.
Worked in the textile industry (interior textiles). Produced art, working with variety of media (weaving, embroidery, video, paper based mixed media, assemblage, installation/sculpture), exhibited internationally.
Taught textile practice, creative research, theory and history of craft. Headed the Department of Textile Design (Shenkar College, Israel).
Writes essays and research articles. Writes poetry and prose.
My interest is in story telling - or ways in which connections can be made and "a sense of story" can be created through making art, as well as curating and writing on art and material culture at large - away from the established discourses and categories of objects and practices. Focusing on textiles, I am looking at intersecting stories of perception, memory, knowledge and identity - those of the beholders/users and of the artists/producers. Specifically I am working across two main themes.
1. Bedlinen as cultural phenomenon. I am interested in bed linen as the most common ground for: sleeping, dreaming, loving, dyeing, giving birth, laying sick or having insomnia, being with someone else or being alone. This basic nature of the needs that bedlinen furnishes, springs multitude of rituals addressing the routine care for the cloth and the body, the physical and mental hygiene. Rituals of care, order, discipline and desire, where the domestic ritualised routine and economy merges into the global economy of production, commerce and taste, the textile industry. Ways in which we make our beds are ways in which we make ourselves human, civilised, cultured - upon the delights, difficulties and ironies that the three words evoke. This is a long term multi-faceted project, which includes artistic and academic research at the Minessota Historical Society and University of Minessota archives.
2. Autobiographical and family stories, entangled in histories. Intimate, haunting, mundane memories and revelations - all that comes to mind when you are asked: who are you? I was born in the USSR in the late 1970s, a third generation to the Great Patriotic War (WWII) and the Holocaust, born before the advent of the Internet and cellular technologies. I am a multiple immigrant of mixed blood and of what is called “a complex sense of identity”. When inhabiting such a precarious position what can be told, to what extent and in what way? What are the new ways to feel Jewish? What can be understood, known, felt? What remains beyond reach? This theme is developed via creative writing, collaborative performance projects and visual art.