Mass Transita Synagogue

  • Extruded polystyrene, wood, enamel, acrylic paint, gesso, gel medium, paper, vinyl, adhesive, dual projectors with video of digitized moving pictures and animation, created from family photographs.
  • 96 x 84 x 120 in
    (243.84 x 213.36 x 304.8 cm)
  • Chelsea Steinberg-Gay

The bas relief walls are based on the stucco walls of the medieval El Transito Synagogue in Cordoba, Spain, but rather than a literal synagogue, this is a sacred space created from shared memories. The pattern of the cut and carved layers of foam is based on the pattern of my grandmother's 1970s floor-to-ceiling wallpaper in her home in Kew Gardens, Queens, New York. My grandmother passed away in 1999, and after passing to my uncle & aunt, the house was eventually sold, so this space only exists as a collective memory held by the living members of the family, impermanent, deteriorating and sacred.

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  • Created: December 14, 2020
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