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Tea-cup and dishes
Cardboard, paper mache
2020
Family Portrait
Cardboard, paper mache
dimensions variable
2020
Two Figures Outside
Cardboard, paper mache
6" x 8" x 3"
2020
Figure Outside
Cardboard, paper mache
2020
Chair
Cardboard, paper mache
2020
The Matriarch
Cardboard, paper mache
18" x 30"
2020
The Patriarch
Cardboard, papier-mache
16" x 22"
2020
Maerklin Car
Cardboard, paper mache
2020
Lighter
Cardboard, paper mache
2020
Mantel/train (sketch)
Cardboard, paper mache
dimensions variable
2019
Friedliche Industrie (in progress)
Cardboard, paper mache
2019
Friedliche Industrie (in progress)
Cardboard, paper mache
dimensions variable
2019
Wheelbarrow
Cardboard, paper mache
5' x 3' x 3.5'
2019
Gift Rack
Cardboard, paper mache
67" x 38" x 8"
2019
Candles
Cardboard, paper mache
2019
Chemistry Set
Cardboard, paper mache
cups approx. 3" x 2" x 3"; beakers .5" x .5" x 6"
2019
Cabinet  (detail)
Cardboard, paper mache, washi tape
2019
Fuhrer's Car (in progress)
Cardboard, paper mache
2019
A Smooth Brow
Cardboard, paper mache
2019
Volksempfaenger VE17
papier mache, cardboard, sound (interview excerpts)
2017
Volksempfanger (People's Radio)
Cardboard, Papier-mache, Bagels, Oil on Canvas
2017

I am researching Karlsruhe’s Landscapes of Memory and Erinnerungskultur (“Remembrance Culture”) using the political and theatrical Thingspiele movement (1933-39) and its former venues as the framework for my investigation. This research will culminate in a site-specific performance series and installation, Reclaiming Ritual, produced in collaboration with German archivists, artists and academics. Carried out alone and with large groups of participants, this investigative performance series will build a platform for partnership, conversation and narrative by merging German and Jewish cultural tropes and rituals, and reclaiming the Thingspiele (the movement) and Thingplaetz (the physical locations) as spaces for exchange and understanding- hope and empowerment.

Documentation (including video, photography, drawings, and hand-made souvenirs) of the performance series will be displayed within the 1930s Period Room installation Eine Friedliche Indsutrie. This installation will survey the commodification and transformation of cultural objects and places in Karlsruhe; specifically in relation to the modes of remembrance found within American and Jewish-American cultures and histories. The home and objects within it have been researched and displayed through the imagined lens of the family’s matriarch- Irene Rosenberg- a feminist, chemist and first female to receive her PhD from KIT.