Behind Lot's Wife
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The sculpture Lot's Wife (or Edith) was specially created for the project Chamber of Chambers: Women Without a Name, by the artist group Pathos Mathos, to which I joined as a partner for this project. For almost a year, we have been studying together a few important biblical stories, in which women characters appear, but the author chose to leave them anonymous and nameless, despite the significant role they play in the story. They are all refered to by the names of their father, husband, brother, or profession. For example, we were dealing with the stories of Jephthah's Daughter (Judg. 11), the Sorceress of Ein Dor (1 Sam. 28), the Concubine on the Hill (Judg. 19), and the Wife of Lot (Gen. 19).
The project, which I was happy to take part in, was the initiative of the founder and director of Pathos Mathos, Lilach Dekel-Avneri. The group included artists, musicians, poets, performers and researchers. We have been working together over a period of several months, and held several meetings in front of (and with) a live audience. Each such public encounter dealt with one of those four women, and with each of their individual stories. We were seeking to focus our attention specifically on the women, and on the meanings that each one of them carries as part of the biblical myth. The meetings consisted of reading and studying the scriptures together with the audience, and with various performative activities, accompanied by texts, sculptural installations and musical work. The last meeting took place at the Elma Hotel in Zichron Yaacov, Israel, and dealt with all of the four stories. The last story of the evening was that of Lot's wife.