"Masked Feelings, Unmasked 2020"
7.5” x 9.5” Mixed media - paper, glue, shelf liner, and current events clippings from the #yiddish newspaper ‘Di Tzeitung’ on the back of Greenlight Bookstore paper bag.
I grew up in an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community which I left 20 years ago, but been very connected to news and how that community and my family are handling the virus and it inspired the piece.
This is the first studio piece I made since the epidemic started. I haven’t felt mentally able or had the focus to create until yesterday. Glad it happened.
Sara Erenthal is a Brooklyn-based, self-taught multi-disciplinary artist whose work focuses on themes of displacement, survival, and liberation. Born into an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family, she left home at 17 to avoid an arranged marriage and has spent the next two decades creating art and traveling the world. She works across mediums such as painting, sculpting, and performance, often integrating everyday materials into her process. When not in her studio, Erenthal can be found working on the streets, reinventing discarded objects and painting provocative portraits. Within the past few years, Sara’s murals have surfaced in a range of local, national and international street art festivals, including the renowned Montreal Mural Festival. Erenthal's work has also been presented in solo and group exhibitions in New York City, Montreal and Tel Aviv. Her work has been reviewed and profiled in The New York Times, Vice, The Village Voice, Haaretz, and Artnet among others.