The Braidel

Marsha Plafkin's avatar Marsha Plafkin

I created THE BRAIDEL in 2002 as a thank you to my mentor. Originally titled THE BRAILLE DREIDLE, this is a sculpture and a toy. It is also an aluminum Chanukah Dreidel with Braille letters. I viewed the design as a metaphor, in personal terms, but not as portraiture per se. This changed after 2011, when my father and I embarked on a family history project, http://www.grandrapidsboltandnutco.com. Related to difficulties we experienced as a Jewish family in Grand Rapids, this project caused me to rethink THE BRAIDEL. I came to see it as self-portrait, family-portrait, and community portrait. THE BRAILLE DREIDEL embodies life lived with eyes wide shut, in fast motion, not knowing the trajectory of one’s past, and therefore the hope of one’s future. The family history project has begun to remedy this way of living, which may open the third chapter of interpretation for the Life of The Braidel. Images attached are things I've made along the way, all part of this unfolding story.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: cast aluminum, 356
  • Width: 2 inches
  • Year created: 2002
  • Height: 2.75 inches