PAINTINGS 2017 ACRYLIC
CHRISMUKKAH - A pop-culture portmanteau neologism referring to the merging of the holidays of Christianity's Christmas and Judaism's Hanukkah.
The series titled "Chirsmukkah" is driven by the holiday overlap of Christmas and Chanukah (Chrismukkah). Looking at the way Jewish identity is somewhat divided as separate entities between culture and religion. I am exploring Ashkenazi Jewish assimilation in America and the commodification of the Jewish culture. Although my artistic practice has shifted from performance art to painting, the gestural action of my body remain present within the work. I discuss contemporary jewish identity, iconography, and symbolism, through the lens of queerness identity. I have researched the history of Jews during Christmas with the help from author Joshua Eli Plaut's book “A Kosher Christmas: 'Tis the Season to be Jewish”. The sensation of the bright colors and color association with the two holiday’s give a sublime kitsch attitude. Utilizing the two holiday’s as aesthetic reference, the paintings question the traditions, family, and inclusivity of the ‘December Dilemma’.