Jeweled Traditions


Jeweled Traditions East Line Jeweled Traditions East Line From Above Jeweled Traditions West View
Jeweled Traditions-Easter in Foreground
Hanukkah and Diwali
Easter and Diwali From Above
Jeweled Traditions Against Windows
Jeweled Traditions West Line  Jump Rope for Heart Closeup  Hanukkah Closeup

In Jeweled Traditions, paper-cut scenes depict rituals of local families as remembered and enacted by summer campers at Arlington Arts Center. The children brainstormed their favorite rituals, sketched them, and used the sketches to direct their classmates in tableaux vivants. By transforming the photographs of these re-enactments into silhouettes, the specific memories become iconic, suggesting a collective memory. And like memory, the images are colored, pared-down, and often just out of reach.

I cut each image in duplicate out of black archival paper. The papercuts are sandwiched between colored Plexiglas ovals and suspended from the ceiling using aircraft cable. 

Thanks to my campers, Addie, Ally, Margaret, Riley, Karan, Josephine, Elena, Sophia, Charley, Aisling, Fuyuka, Gus, Kaleb, and Marie, and to my awesome classroom assistant, Augusto.Thanks also to Marsha Semmel for your ideas, Cynthia Connolly for your encouragement, Kaveh for your support, and wonderful AAC staff and volunteers.

This program is supported in part by Arlington County through the Arlington Cultural Affairs division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts.




        All images Copyright 2017, Melanie Kehoss