My work as a photographer/artist in the past 25 years often reflects the concerns of my earlier professional life. Employment in the fields of health and education have provided a discipline for observation and recording of the human condition, often with social and political narratives.
These themes first emerged on projects in Israel and in Minnesota at Native American powwows. I worked as a volunteer on several archaeological digs in Israel, and progressed to making photographic records of excavation sites and artifacts. In Jerusalem's Old City, I photographed people engaged in the rituals of daily life. These activities form the basis for meaning and purpose, transcending the tragic historic events that often change lives.
Several years later, I went to Argentine to dance and photograph tango. The structure of traditional tango and the imagery of the underground train system were a rich source of metaphoric connections. In Buenos Aires, I documented the marches of mothers whose children had disappeared during the military dictatorship (1976-83). Their protest work had become a national movement. With the help of grants and donations, "Desaparecidos" was widely exhibited.
In 2011, "Standing Stones: Ancient Ritual Sites in Western Britain", funded in part by a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, considered the temporality of lifetimes and universality of our need to create rituals and traditions. An exhibit in 2014, "Sand and Stones: What makes a place holy?" referenced biblical history in Israel's wilderness areas. It will be expanded and shown this fall (2017) at Phipps Center of Arts, Hudson, WI.
My involvement in The Jewish Artists' Laboratory (funded by the Covenant Foundation) since 2012 has fostered my artistic development and provided exhibition opportunities each year.
I have travelled to the Dakotas four times in the past year to photograph Native American historic and cultural sites. The Dakota Access Pipeline resistance movement, near Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, became the focus of my work in 2016/17. "Land. Water. Life." was shown at Robbin Gallery, Robbinsdale, MN. To view the exhibit video click here.
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