A Whole New Megillah > AWNM Does Broward '15

Utilizing the melodramatic and larger-than-life style of Yiddish Theater and the Purim Spiel, and with my paintings functioning as the masks, settings, and props, I inscribed my father's tragedy into the long-held tradition of the spiel. My personal narrative became A Whole New Megillah in the inaugural event.

My dad was the protagonist and his story was translated into biblical proportion and given a significance that empowered him and our family. I created a new narrative with old themes referencing both the text of personal lawsuits and of the Megillah- the fifth book of the Tanach (aka Old Testament).

The corruption in the Broward County courthouse reflects a pattern of abuse of discretion throughout the country. I re-contextualed a personal and political drama to give it the weight, monument, and absurdity that it holds in my own life, and that I feel it deserves. I wanted to see my father's enemy booed- his name drowned out by a shared disgust. I want to expose his enemies as corrupt and equate them to evil.

AWNM Catalog 2015
Digital PDF
2015
The Wet T-Shirt Contest
Oil on Canvas
38" x 38"
2015
Rejoice!
Oil on Canvas
24" x 34"
2015
Crooked Chief Tobin and his Evil Advisor Siedman
Oil on Linen, Felt, Paper, Glitter
~3' x 5'
2015
Evil Advisor Seidman as the Terminator
Oil on Linen, Bike Lights
2015
DIY Amen
Felt + Magnet
2015
Seidman Groggers
TP Rolls, Chopsticks, Nails, Rice
2015
Noisemakers
Chopsticks, TP Rolls, Felt, Rice
2015
A Whole New Megillah (some props)
Oil on Linen + Mixed Media
Varied
2014
AWNM I
2015