Archaeology and landscape are the fields I investigate before I sculpt these artifacts and assemble them into sites. Most of the objects are shaped enough to be separable from chunks of rock and boulder but their eroded condition limits the identification of a culture of origin. “Site” has a painted companion piece (“Sight” – not shown) depicting the landscape of the Dead Sea basin.
My current project s“Sukkat Babatha” and "Loci Papyrii" are inspired by the life of Babatha, a woman from the Southern end of the Dead Sea. She fled from the Romans in 134 C.E. not only with documents but with personal items as well: keys, bowls, knives, pans, wool, a ‘jewelry’ box, a mirror… objects of life, hope and future. These were discovered in a cave in Nahal Hever in 1961. All this occurred against the stunning landscape and singular agricultural conditions of the Dead Sea. Through experience of the landscape and investigation of the agricultural and natural history of the region today, I construct objects which revisit her place, her personal effects. I hope to construct for the viewer a sense of place and historical moment.
Sukkat Babatha is funded by a grant from the Hadassah Brandeis Research Institute.
Mimi Weinberg is a sculptor and installation artist who teaches at Montclair State University and Seton Hall University. Her recent work deals with archaeological, biblical and historical sites. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in sculpture. In 1999 Weinberg received a Fellowship from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and in 2003 a grant from the Hadassah-Brandeis Research Institute. Her work has been shown internationally, most recently at JPMorgan Chase and the Shore Institute of Contemporary Art.