Emet (She-Golem)

Steel, exterior bonding cement, pigment.

Based on a shrouded standing female figure, this is the first of the golem sculptures. Emet (אמת)—meaning “truth” and one of the names of God—is the word inscribed on the forehead of the mud creature in some golem stories, which brings the automaton to life. The rounded back and facial form are a reductive form responding to the “Bathtub Mary” figures, that stand guard over Catholic houses in parts of Brooklyn, merging the feminine divine with the protective occult.