Whatever Is Contained Must Be Released

My Jewish Orthodox Girlhood, My Life as a Feminist Artist
Product Number: EB00663628
Released: Mar 27, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781558617698
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'[A] richly evocative, captivating, and reflective memoir" of a feminist artist who broke free of the limits placed on her by family, Judaism and society (Publishers Weekly). Growing up an Orthodox Jew in Brooklyn, Helene Aylon spent her Friday nights in a sea of extended family as the Sabbath candles flickered. Passionate about art, she dreamt of escaping the strict, secular world of her youth, but instead married a rabbi and became a mother of two. Then, her world was split apart when her husband was diagnosed with cancer, and Aylon found herself widowed at thirty. Free to explore both her own soul and the changing world around her, Aylon sought a home in the burgeoning environmental art scene of the 1970s-creating transgressive works that explore identity, women's bodies, the environment, disarmament, and the notion of God. Finally, she dares to asks of Judaism: Where are the women? With many examples of her work included within, Whatever is Contained "is an arresting tale of uncommon courage, intelligence, and wit" following Aylon's search for truth in art, and the links between feminism and Judaism (Gail Levin, author of Lee Krasner: A Biography and Becoming Judy Chicago).

Author(s): Helene Aylon
Original Publish Date: May 15, 2012

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