Robin Bodner, the Executive Director of JOFA (the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance) is retiring in mid December and the Board of Directors wanted to honor her at their meeting this evening. To do so, they asked me to make a piece that represents the quote from Chapter 2 of Pirkei Avot (Ethics of our Fathers) which states “It is not your duty to complete the work…”
This seems like a fitting quote for Robin’s retirement. Under her guidance, the organization has made great strides forward in women’s participation in Jewish Orthodox life and, while there is still much to do, it is not her responsibility to complete the task. In order to express this in the piece, I took strips of an ombre fabric and wove them together, leaving the bottom left corner incomplete. Free motion quilting emphasizes this movement with order in the upper right and chaos on the bottom left. The quote along with a message from the Board are attached to the canvas below the piece.
I hope Robin enjoys her retirement and that this piece serves as a reminder of how much she has accomplished over the last 10 years.