As a woman, specifically a Jewish woman, to take up space and speak my full voice is a radical act. The tension between my religious values and my social values weigh on me but I cannot ignore the shortcomings of my own religion, perpetuated by a patriarchal system. I refuse to submit myself to a system that silences and suppresses me any longer. My resistance is in creation and collaboration, in making spaces for listening. Working with clay, textiles, and sound, I create sanctuaries for my voice to be heard. I build these structures with weavings and panels of fabric layered with clay and dyes. Through the movements of my body, the marks in the clay become relics; artifacts to the sacred ritual of constructing this sanctuary and a safe space for my body and voice to to express.

Meirav Ong, February 2019