Twisted Sister

Year Completed: 1997
Dimension: Variable dimensions displayed on 4’7” x 1’7” x 3’ table
Media: Bread, stainless steel table

Detail from a series of hand baked challah.

Israel’s complex environment fostered an exploration into traditions of my cultural heritage. I began my research in the kitchen. Having a childhood memory of baking challah with my mother for Shabbat, I decided to revisit the tradition. After braiding four lengths of the dough together, I noticed its relationship to the body. The loaf became the forearm and the end pieces a hand. The result was a series of body fragments made of bread, in an installation alluding to the kitchen and women’s kitchen rituals: eating, baking, gossiping and congregating.