SISYPHUS AND JACOB AT THE WELL, 2004-2013
This sculpture, which became a theme in my work, was originally made from
paper-mâché and exhibited at “The Endless Solution” installation and was shown at the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion in 2005. The sculpture shows two figures pushing a rock together over a desert waterhole.
One of the figures is Sisyphus, whose punishment in the underworld was to repetitively roll a boulder up and downhill. For this sculpture I remodeled him as a woman. The other figure is the biblical Jacob who, upon seeing his beloved wife-to-be, Rachel, instinctively lifted the rock that covered a waterhole and gave water to her flocks in a romantic gesture.
By juxtaposing the Greek myth with the biblical story, I visualized how opposed worlds can intersect when they share a mutual compulsion. By transforming the sculpture from paper into bronze, I created a surface rich in texture, devoid of the imprinted texts which existed on the paper.