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The Sabbath Now
July 20, 2019 - June 7, 2020
Artist Norma Minkowitz is best known for establishing crochet as a fine art technique. Minkowitz learned crochet from her mother as a young girl and quickly started making clothes for her dolls. Today, she still crochets over objects, using them to support her creations. After Minkowitz stiffens the fibers with resins, she removes the completed textile from its form, transforming her work into a hollow, transparent sculpture. She employs this technique in The Sabbath Now, a fiber sculpture that depicts elements common to the Friday-evening family celebration of the Jewish Sabbath (“Shabbat” in Hebrew).