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  • Stereotomes

    Painted plastic shards, hubcap, exhaust manifold, shoe remnant, floor liner, artist's bicycle saddle, and oyster shell. 2020.

    Stereotomes is a combination of the words stereotomy, tome, and me. From the Greek, stereotomy is the art of cutting three-dimensional solids into specific shapes to be assembled into architectural forms, while a tome is a volume in a larger body of work.

    This body of work continues my investigation of Jerusalem stone as a material and as a symbol of Jewish identity in architecture. Through this material, I consider the idea of “diaspora” and how it affects my relationship to the United States and to Israel as an American Jew. What does it mean to bring this Stone, an externally facing, public symbol, and mix it with domestic & ritual objects?