Cha-Cha lesson as a metaphor for marriage references my Brooklyn-Jewish childhood in the nineteen sixties. The dancing couple teeters precariously on a tower of mah jongg tiles while cha cha-ing to strains of Xavier Cougat's "Tea for Two".
Snack bag gyrates to Brazillian beat.
Stream of conscious daydream.
Uninsured family member's struggle with a horrific fungal virus. Thankfully he prevailed.
Belly Dance, Rearview Projection, Animated Installation, Feldman Gallery, Portland, OR 2011
Freed from the scrutiny of the public gaze, a woman inhabits her true inner self in a private moment. Viewed through the parted slats of venetian blinds, the passerby can choose to respect her privacy and move on, or stay and indulge the voyeuristic pleasures of the flesh, real or imagined.
Belly dance, Animated portion. 2011
Freed from the scrutiny of the public gaze, a woman inhabits her true inner self in a private moment.
A hand-painted animation about my mother-in-law, Anita Greenstein's, experience in hiding in Nazi, Germany. Against all odds, three generations of the family survived underground in and around Berlin, eventually settling in Portland, OR. The animation is from Anita's point of view as a six-year-old child.
Based on a memoir by Anita's father, Robert Graetz, this project was created during an artist residency at the Wexner Center for the Arts where it was exhibited during the month of November 2011.The full animation is eight minutes long.
Music by Kurt Rohde.
When my daughter Clara turned 11, I invited her friends and their mothers to my studio to pose for me individually. During the drawing sessions with the mothers, the conversations turned to the challenges of motherhood, and how their mothering techniques had been influenced by their own mothers. I subsequently recorded those reflections about their mothers and wove them together in a sound track to accompany the large-scale graphite drawings. They have been exhibited at the Art Gym at Marylhurst University as part of a group exhibition "Motherlode", and a one-person exhibition "Materfamilia" at Fairbanks Gallery, Oregon State University.
A visual response to the complex history of Israel's changing geography. Created after a month-long stay in Jerusalem as a participant in the pilot program for the American Academy in Jerusalem, a collaboration between the Foundation For Jewish Culture and Mishkenot Sha’ananim.
Animated brush and ink drawings about shifting power in mother daughter relationships. Large scale projected animated installation, Art Gym, Marlhurst University and Fairbanks Gallery, Oregon State University. Ongoing loop.
Music by Kurt Rohde
This hand-painted animation intertwines dreams and memories with images culled from Roman history and mythology to examine how easily shattered the illusion of safety can be. Terremoto (earthquake in Italian) was created in response to the April 6, 2009 earthquake that struck the Abbruzzo region of Italy while I was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome.
Family History in an animated painting that explores issues of vulnerability and risk and how each new experience is filtered through our perceptions of previous ones. The process of creating Family History, on a single sheet of paper by repeatedly layering new images over old becomes a metaphor for life itself. Family History received the “Silver Coyote, Critic’s Choice Award” at the Gold Coyote Super Short Film Festival in Oregon in May 2009 and the Judges Award from LA Times film crituc Ken Duran at the Northwest Film Festival. It was also screened at the Sydney Underground Film Festival in Marrickville, Australia September 2009and the Radar Hamburg Independent Film Festival in Hamburg Germany.
This is the animated portion of an installation piece in which moving imagery is projected from above onto the surface of a cup of coffee set on a breakfast table. The piece represents the early morning experience before the day has revved into full gear when the mind, not yet fully wake, prepares for the day ahead. In that unfocused state of mind interior and exterior worlds are woven together and domestic affairs become interchangeable with current events in a stream of consciousness. The diminutive scale of “Morning Coffee” invites the viewer into an intimate space to share a private moment of personal and random ruminations in the unexpected form of an animated cup of coffee.
See installation videos below and stills from the installation at the exhibition on the installation page.
This is one of two videos of the installation "Morning Coffee" at the exhibition "Boundary Crossings", PNCA.
Installation of "Morning Coffee", Indigo Rooftop-Portland, OR
(night), November 5, 2009
30 second film about the range of human emotion. 2008