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From the Depths I Call to You, Fiber Art, 27″ x 21″, 2012 In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast leaving behind destruction anything seen before in New York and New Jersey. Using photographs by Theodore Parisienne and words from Psalms 130:1, this piece represents the feeling of absolute helplessness that was felt following the storm.
Repentance, Fiber Art, 12″ x 12″, 2008 This piece is part of a series on the blessings of the weekday Amidah prayer. Through this blessing, which is recited every day, we ask God to lead us back to the right path. In this piece, an open zipper represents this opening of the self as we show both God and ourselves the messy inside of our lives which we otherwise try to keep covered and under control.
Temporary Shelter, Mixed Media, 8 ‘x 8′ x 7’, 2011 This piece, reminiscent of a sukkah or hut used on the holiday of Sukkot, tells the stories of homeless New Yorkers ages 4-75. The inside panels each represent one individual staying in NYC’s faith-based shelters and the outside walls are made from fiber art created by children in New York’s family shelters.
Heather G. Stoltz is a fiber artist whose quilted wall hangings and fabric sculptures are inspired by social justice issues and Jewish texts.
Stoltz, named as one of The Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36″ for 2012, received a 2011 Manhattan Community Art Funds grant for Temporary Shelter, her installation piece about homeless New Yorkers.
Her work has been exhibited nationally and featured in Jewish Threads, Creative Quilting: The Journal Quilt Project, Shma Koleinu: A Jewish People’s Commentary on the Siddur, and several other publications.
She was a Drisha Arts Fellow 2008‐2010 and was an Artist‐in-Residence at the 2008 National Havurah Committee Summer Institute.
Heather lives in White Plains, NY with her husband Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman and their daughter Caroline.
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