Thoughts on Being…an artist, a Jewish artist, a woman artist

August 19, 2014

Being a Jewish, female artist can get complicated. I don’t think art should be called “Jewish Art” or “Feminist Art”, but the art produced by a Jewish artist might very well have a certain sensibility which differs from art produced by an artist with differing religious identity. I chose to join the Jewish people in 1976 and living Jewishly has affected my outlook and my art. It can’t help but be felt in much of my work, whether overtly Jewish or not.

At the same time, I am a woman who grew up in the Mad Men world of the 60s. I was a young job seeker asked over and over if I typed (not very well) and could file. I’ve seen tremendous changes for women and yet some attitudes have not changed ¬†and young women face things I did not.

All of this ends up in my art. Add to that my own quirky way of seeing and you get Giliah’s art.

In the past few years I have felt an increasing desire to express myself in words as well as in pictures. Hence, “I Am That Stranger” and “Diptychs and Triptychs”, under Current Projects on my site. Words that don’t fit there will end up here.

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