Body pieces (mixed media)
Be fruitful and multiplypapier mache, paper, gold leaf, paint 110x180x3cm
This work, depicting female reproductive organs, is inspired by the exhortation in Genesis 1: 28, “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth, and subdue it…”
Period piecemixed media 38x36x8cm
Bronchial treepapier mâché, paint 33x35x6cm
Zelophchod’s daughtersNumbers-27-4: Machlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, Tirzah; papier mache, gold leaf, thread 50x50cm
Aguna (watercolor)watercolor, charcoal 52x37cm
An aguna is a woman whose husband refuses to give her a get, which is a document of Jewish divorce. The get must be given willingly by the husband to the wife in order for the divorce to be valid according to Jewish law (halacha). Without a get, the woman may not remarry.
Unfortunately, there are men who deliberately withhold the get. The man and woman no longer live together, their relationship is over, but the man refuses to give a get knowing that this will stymie the woman’s life. There are men who choose to sit in prison rather than to give a get, and many who blackmail the woman. Others wait until her child-bearing years are over and then oblige. This really is an example of evil being a matter of choice; a violence committed against a dependent, helpless woman. There is an enormous amount of material on the topic and plenty of attempts at creative work-arounds, including latterly specific pre-nuptial agreements but the horror lingers.