Out there Assignment;
For my piece for the out there assignment I chose to do my representation of Buffy Saint Marry’s self portrait painting with light.
I was very influenced by her use of colour and the opacity and the luminosity of her work, to create this sub-tone of her culture literally shining through her.
I chose to back light my piece creating that same effect but using it to show my jewish/Israeli roots.
The meaning of this whole exhibit in particular meant a lot to me , it helped me reexamine my roots and try to think of a way to represent my cultural identity. I chose to use this photo, in particular, because it is a piece of another project called ‘Faces of Judaism’ shot by Tal-or Freedman, a 2nd year photography student here at Ryerson.
I was asked to bring an object of meaning to me for the shot. The menorah that is in the photo with me is a symbol of my heritage that carries great meaning to me as it has been in my familiy for several generation. It was given to my mother by her grandfather, the rabbi, when they left Russia during World War II and came to Canada. It has been half-way around the world and back and it is a piece of me that I treasure, as is my heritage. That one object gave me a lot to reflect upon.