Chaim (they/them and he/him pronouns) is a multi-media Judaica artisan, merging ancient ritual practices with queer and trans community. Playing with relfection, refraction, light, sound, and wood, Chaim uses their technical skills and creativity to create thought-provoking interactive art. They hope to help decentralize jewish craftsmanship that once thrived.
Chaim completed their Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art at Macalester College in 2017. His work has been selected for exhibition at: Galeria Jesus Gallardo in Guanajuato, Mexico; The Law Warshaw Gallery in St. Paul, MN; the Southern Graphics Council International Printmaking Conference in Atlanta, GA; and in the Goreman Rare Books Library, at the University of Minnesota. In the fall of 2017 and summer of 2018, the Hamline-Midway Coalition in St. Paul, MN and the Lake Street Council in Minneapolis recognized their talents as a muralist and selected Chaim to be part of public artist cohorts.
Chaim’s life has lead them to shift their work to ritual items. The flame of a candle inspires them and holds space for their new designs. This winter he begins setting up his first studio, designing the Sefirot Collection, and researching how to make violins and a Tsimbl. He grounds himself with the support of his ancestors and looks forward to the works he will make and the expansiveness they hold.