A cast glass figure is placed on a background of construction wood with skin covering her eyes, falling to one side revealing the number on the skin.
The branded number marks the previous life of the last owner of this skin: the milking cow whose milk production rate came down and was moved to the next stage to be slaughtered. The cow becomes meat products and her skin becomes sacred after going through a careful procedure of ancient hand process and blessings.
This sacred skin is used for Jewish religious items like the “Totafot” in the “Tfilin” which hold the same high status like the holy book of the Torah and can’t be thrown away but buried respectfully if damaged.
Skin branding was also used on the Jews during the Second World War, numbering them as a part of the dehumanization process prior to their extermination in various ways. The Jewish victims of the Shoa have a sacred status today in the bloody history of the Jewish people.
The humble wood background with its angled piece references the crucifixion motifs as a process of change between the sacred and the profane.
The eye covered figure resembles mythological depictions of justice and injustice, and carries a dialogue with Venini the famous renaissance Italian sculptor and his Pieta Scenes with issues of Godly punishment and justice.
cast glass, holy parchment and reclaimed wood, 75 x 45 x 20 cm (each piece)
cast glass, holy parchment and reclaimed wood, 75 x 45 x 20 cm