My golem is an amalgamation of mystical beliefs and Judaism in the modern context. My use of rusted nails was inﬂuenced by African nail-fetish sculptures that magically heal the possessor or harm one’s enemies. The outstretched arms made of animal horns suggest the organic materials used by Rabbi Loew to create the original golem.
I then leap across time to the 20th century shtetls of Eastern Europe. The fur hat emulates the shtreimel worn by Orthodox Jews. Woven tzittzit, the ritual fringes of the tallit (prayer shawl) hang down from the sides of the body. Photos from that era ﬁll the golem, but in their midst ﬁres burn. The empty shoes immediately conjure the darkness of the death camps, and the absence of the golem to protect the Jewish People.
Oil can, animal horns and skins, metal stool frame, photos, other mixed media objects
72 x 53 x 53 in.