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Aline Mare

Oakland, CA

Artistic Disciplines:
New Media

Artist Statement:

I have chosen ten 10-year-old East Bay Jewish girls, and invited them to light Sabbath candles. They have each been reminded of the ancient custom of lighting Friday night candles while holding their hands over their eyes, to perform the Sabbath blessing. Using the artifice of tiny sparklers planted into the lit candles, I have dared each of them to peek through their covered eyes and embrace the luminous reflections of light, with a gaze that penetrates the camera’s eye.


In this small way we can encourage young women to examine the customs of faith and give them tools to transform religious customs to have a different meaning in our modern lives.

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