My Mother Somewhat Known
Mixed media (ironing board, photographs, clothing), 1990
This ironing board is from the dresses she designed and sewed to support us as a single parent, in her modest dress shop on N.E. 2nd Avenue and 75th St., Miami, Florida (between Little River and Lemon City) and from the documents of her life; her Hebrew vocabulary lists, the aphorisms she endlessly quoted, her applications for employment as a translator, the child support and divorce papers. She was studious, courageous, industrious and driven. She was also alone and a loner. One can know one’s mother somewhat, from the papers in the drawers.