Paintings & Works on Paper

Tenement Mizrach

Paper-cut photocopy, acetate, paper.

Mizrachim are ceremonial folk art objects, hanging on the east wall of Jewish homes to the west of Jerusalem, indicating the way to pray. Traditional paper-cutting from Eastern Europe was a folk art form used in making mizrachim as well as amulets, ketubot, (marriage contracts), and more. In both the religious and occult tradition the paper-cuts from the Jewish world represent protection, celebration & hope. Made and displayed in the home, they have a connection to domestic life, family, and tradition, things Jewish (and other) immigrants no doubt hoped to protect and nurture in their transition to America.