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Ossuary // Mikveh ( 2022) dives into the Jewish tradition of ritual bathing. This 3D animation realizes this custom in four stages: purification, transformation, marking, and remains. Speiser’s work explores the notion that with bodily and spiritual cleansing comes the implication that something is taken away. As one leaves the mikveh, what is purged stays behind to become residue, allowing each bather to leave behind a piece of their body and soul. The mikveh ritual acts as both an agent of catharsis and as a tether which connects each participant to the millions of women who have bathed before them. The artist considers the mikveh as a symbol of life and death, as an action that both gives and takes from the submerged, and as an opportunity to gain some semblance of immortality.

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