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This is a long white truce flag that is shared by inextricably linked peoples (Israelis and Palestinians) and contested land. The piece resembles a shroud that is composed mainly of old white handkerchiefs (historically used as truce flags), white baby t-shirts and other white pieces...

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Skirt of Sorrow and Forgiveness

In this performance, I am in an open expanse at the Great Salt Lake, twirling and wearing my Skirt of Sorrow and Forgiveness. The piece is about the physical and emotional journeys we take with those closest to us. The text on the skirt reads: Yellow...

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Metaphysical Handcart

I see this work as being 'walked,' slowly, down barren streets; that said, I, myself have performed it on the Salt Flats—a wide expanse of whiteness and nothingness near the Great Salt Lake. As the Cart makes its way through a landscape, everything it holds jiggles...

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Beth Krensky Sun Funnel

Sun Funnel

Sometimes my work, no matter how heartfelt, takes on a humorous note -- and I like that. These funnels, made of bronze and lined with gold leaf, are meant to capture the sun, and hence (or rather, subsequently), to be worn on the top of...

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Shroud/Shawl

Shroud/Shawl was collectively created by numerous people. It consists of sewn together pieces of domestic cloth from my grandmothers (linen napkins, table cloths and handkerchiefs). It is intended to be both a shawl (for comfort, protection and remembrance) and a shroud (to bury the dead)....

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Taschlich

Tashlich means “casting off” in Hebrew. It is Jewish ritual that takes place during the Jewish New Year (on the second day of Rosh Hashanah) that involves symbolically casting away the sins of the previous year by throwing stones or pieces of bread into a...

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Beth Krensky baptismal of tears performance

Baptismal of Tears

Separatory funnels are typically used in laboratories by chemists to separate layers of liquids; here I use them to contain a mixture of Dead Sea salt (sourced from Israel) and water. Combined, these two elements are the same salinity as human tears. It was my...

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Beth Krensky Portable Sanctuary

Portable Sanctuary #1: Psalm Chair

This object, complete with leather straps—and the 23rd Psalm engraved on the seat of an old classroom chair made of oak—is intended to be 'wandered' or carried on one's back, much like a backpack. To perform it, I have fitted it on my own back,...

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Where is the Road to the Road

The title of this piece is a line from Mahmoud Darwish’s poem, A Noun Sentence. I was especially drawn to the second half of the poem: …Wishing for the present tense a foothold for walking behind me or ahead of me, barefoot. Where is my second road to the...

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