Art, Curatorial Projects > Loci Papyri (mixed media - installation)

watercolor painting caper bush growing from side of Nahal Hever, Israel
watercolor on canvas
Capers, Nahal Hever, Babatha, Bar Kokhba,
watercolor, paper on canvas and plaster shelf with resin 'mirror'
scroll: 13" x 50"; shelf approx. 13 in.L x 13 in. W x 1 " D.
Rosette, Petra and  Yadin Papyrus XXV, Babaatha, Bar Kokhba
canvas, watercolor, paper, plaster, iron
12 3/4 in. W x 50 in. L, shelf 13 in. W x 13 in. L x 1 in. D; iron keys approx. 4 in. L each (three keys)
Roman style keys, , 134 CE, iron
cast iron
4 inches longest side
 Elephant Capital at the Great Temple at Petra, with Papyrus Yadin XIV Deposition and shelf with wool 2008 Mimi Weinberg
canvas, watercolor, paper, plaster, polyresin
13 1/2 in. W x 50 in. L and shelf approx. 13 in. W x 13 in. L x 1 in. D
Scroll: Sextius Florentinus Tomb, Petra, Papyrus XVI Sale of Dates; shelf with "dates" - Mimi Weinberg
canvas, watercolor, paper, plaster, polyresin, wire
12 1/4 in. W x 59 in. L; shelf approx. 13 in. x 13 in. L x 1 in. D; dates approx. 1 1/2in. L x 1/2 in. W
Sextius Florentinus Tomb: Date Sale
polyresin, wire
1 1/2 in/ x 1/2 in. each
Tabunim, Ein Gedi: resin plates
plaster shelf, polyresin plates
7 in. diameter

Loci Papyrii, is the second of two projects inspired by the life of Babatha, a woman from the southern end of the Dead Sea. She fled from the Romans in 134 C.E. with legal documents written on papyrus, as well as with personal items: keys, bowls, knives, pans, wool, a ‘jewelry’ box, a mirror… objects of life, hope and future. These were discovered in a cave in Nahal Hever in 1961.

All this happened against the stunning landscape and singular agricultural conditions of the Dead Sea. Through experience of the landscape and investigation of the agricultural and natural history of the region today, I constructed objects which revisit her place, her personal effects. I hope to construct for the viewer a sense of that place and historical moment. Loci Papyrii is an offshoot of a previous project, Sukkat Babatha, which was funded by a grant from the Hadassah Brandeis Research Institute.