DOW RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER - COLLEGEVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA
SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER - MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE, LOS ANGELES • BEVERLY HILLS SYNAGOGUE, BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA
Jewish Museum of Maryland - Baltimore
Art Inspires Life Inspires Art
Syria: Drawing an Uncertain Future
The periodic table of the elements, created 150 years ago by Russian scientist, Dimitri Mendeleev was intended to derive relationships between the properties of each physical element and at the same time predict their behaviors, reactions and interactions. It was the genius of this organizational chart that inspired The Human Element Project and is the basis for many of my installations. Imagine if each element of the Periodic Table were replaced with a human attribute; skin color, language, religion, etc., and aligned in an order of similarities, could we begin to predict the reactions between them or even the creation of a new attribute? The concept of Elemental Humanism: Remembering the Human Element is based on the rubric of the Periodic Table and introduces the Human Element (Hu) into the center of the table. The center image serves as a reminder that while the Periodic Table holds the physical universe together, the Human Element is the force that holds our hearts and our commonality together. It allows us to take a moment to consider the metaphoric inter-weaving and blending of our hearts and souls with one another and to create an on-going dialog exploring trans-cultural understanding and tolerance in the midst of our increasingly complicated world.
Elemental Humanism - The foundation of my large-scale installations
Dean Triggs School: 30' x 8' Alcohol ink on Yupo paper. Various size squares
Young Israel of North Beverly Hills
Installation scheduled for December 2018 - Community Memorial Hospital - Ventura, CA
The American University of Paris
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL - VENTURA, CA INSTITUTE OF GENETIC MEDICINE - UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES
Elemental Humanism - Remembering the Human Element
Ventura County office of Education, 2018
PAINTING • PHOTOGRAPHY • MIXED MEDIA • GRAPHIC DESIGN • CREATIVE DIRECTION
THE MEMORY RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT hosts a series of workshops with Holocaust survivors and their families where they gather memorabilia from household cupboards, shoe boxes and family albums to meticulously design collages showcasing intensely personal narratives of destruction and survival. The individual collages and statements written by the families are assembled into powerful installations and have been exhibited in the United States and Australia..
Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue
Elemental Humanism 20' x 8' Individual elements: Acrylic painting laminated on diebond. Center: Acrylic paint on photographic print.
The periodic table is divided into ten different sections, each depicting a group of elements organized by similar physical characteristics. In this installation, you will see that the background for each of the groups is an acrylic and pastel enhanced electron micrograph of a variety of human tissue, thus creating a physical and biological representation. The tissues shown are: myocardium (heart), goblet cells (mucus membrane), neurons (brain), sertoli cells (male reproductive), fallopian tube (female reproductive), pleura (lung), columnar epithelium (gastrointestinal), osteocytes (bone), retina (eye) and malignant cells (cancer). In addition, each individual element contains a description of its characteristics and use as well as its symbol and atomic number.The Human Element in the center is represented as Hu with its atomic number, infinity. It is intended to reflect the infinite dimensions of the human spirit. The Human Element concept reminds us that when we provide care for the physical needs of our patients and our families, we must also consider their “human” needs as well.
You Shall Love... 11' x 13' Wool and silk tapestry