2016, Cutout screenprints, matboard, brown paper and linen thread
This installation was created for my senior thesis show at Oberlin College in the community art center Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, inspired from my research regarding my Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry during and following the Holocaust as my grandparents attempted to assimilate within a Westernized culture in New York.
It is well-known that the Jews had to wear a yellow star on their left pockets, but triangles were used to identify others as well: Gypsies had to wear brown triangles, political prisoners red, criminals green, anti-socials black, blue for immigrants, and slightly larger pink stars were worn by homosexuals so that the guards could easily identify them. They were singled out to receive the harshest treatment.
I discovered many distinct forms in the star, but I also noticed that when each shape was folded into a three-dimensional form, each became identical to the other. As the forms depart from the wall and interact in space, I depart from their invariable form as I place them in relationship to each other.
By deconstructing the Star of David I accentuate human discrepancies that were lost to post-holocaust assimilation, and I also accentuate the beauty of more noticeable distinctions that were once used to annihilate those who were different, and are still very much so used for this purpose today.