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Be Seated, Be Seated
A Sukkah Installation created for the 125th Anniversary exhibition "Living In The Moment: Contemporary Artists Celebrate Jewish Time"
Hebrew Union College, New York, NY

When I was a child, the sukkah was primarily about adorning a temporary dwelling with all the riches of the harvest so that one could revel in the miracle of nature. At this point in my life, the sukkah is about the creation of a space in which one can contemplate personally or with others the impermanence of life, one's relationship with God and the mysteries of the universe.

The four stools represent the four species Etrog (citron), Lulav (palm), Hadas (myrtle) and Arabah (willow) which for me are a metaphor for the different aspects of the self which we are constantly trying to bring together. I leave it up to the viewer to ascribe distinct characteristics to a particular stool. I like knowing that we share with other ancient cultures such as the Chinese, who celebrate the mid-autumn moon festival, a way of marking the passage of time based on the waxing and waning of the inscrutable moon. The table is inscribed with the word Tishri the month in which Sukkot occurs. The clear painted strips are adorned with various blessings associated with the festival of Sukkot.

Painted vinyl strips, metal frame, mirror table and four seats with painted cushions, 8' x 8' x 8' vinyl, wood, steel, paint, mirror, fabric 96" x 96" x 96"