Whatever Is Contained Must Be Released

Whatever Is Contained Must Be Released


Helene Aylon
My Jewish Orthodox Girlhood, My Life as a Feminist Artist

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Publication Date: 05-01-2012

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Growing up an Orthodox Jew in Brooklyn, Helene Aylon spends her Friday nights in a sea of extended family as the Sabbath candles flicker. She dreams of escape but marries a rabbi and becomes a mother of two. Suddenly her world splits apart when she is widowed at thirty. Aylon finds a home in the burgeoning environmental art scene of the 1970s—creating transgressive works that explore identity, women's bodies, the environment, disarmament, and the notion of God. Eventually she asks of Judaism what she never dared to ask as a child: Where are the women?

"Never afraid to question sacred texts, ancient rituals, and religious bias—Aylon is a role model for all artists. Whatever Is Contained is an arresting tale of uncommon courage, intelligence, and wit." —Gail Levin, author of Becoming Judy Chicago