Birds and Sirens
This film was created while sheltering in place in the Bronx in NYC during COVID. The film reflects the sounds heard during the pandemic, the loss of life and the hope for the future. My work explores memory, vulnerability, trauma and the fragility of the environment. I am interested in the complex and timeless experiences that women share in relationships between their parenting and their own childhoods. My paintings, ceramics, films and printmaking incorporate ephemeral imagery that replays narratives of youth, often only fragments of memories and experiences. I set figures amidst flora and fauna in the landscape remembered from when I was a child, along the Hudson River, the Palisades and Inwood Hill Park. Memories of the Cloisters inspire references to medieval ornamentation and Victorian objects. I use beads, rhinestones, jewelry and glitter, both reminiscent of exploring my mother’s jewelry box and historical, ritual objects in Jewish and Catholic traditions.