Rolled Israeli newspapers, matte medium, acrylic sealant, pH balancing spray
96" x 48"
Showcased at the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington D.C.
Inspired by my trip to Israel with AIPAC's Education Foundation, AIEF, I made Borders to honor the sacrifice and commitment of the people of Israel. My work has deep ties to Israel. Even before I ever stepped foot there, The Western Wall and prayers that are rolled up and left behind were the inspiration to start rolling paper. Borders are, and it is no secret, a difficult topic for Israel. After traveling to the sacred land and spending a great deal of time with the Israeli Defense Forces, the issue of where lines are that create the borders to protect was evident. Although the people of Israel often times have different opinions on where those lines need to be, there was no question that they were all there to protect the State of Israel. That passion and commitment is too often bashed by the media and manipulated to make one side or the other look bad. I made Borders out of current Israeli newspapers to show where the current lines are and to create a time capsule of Israeli news today.
Here is a video of my moment on stage at the AIPAC Policy Conference in front of over 9,000 people. My artwork was displayed in The Village where many of the 18,000 people who attended the conference saw my work in person.