A03_Mira_Bodek and Paragraph

A03_Mira_Bodek and Paragraph

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When thinking about my tribes, I found that all I found myself in — social, religious, political, academic — all could be condensed into and sourced to two grander tribes — the two halves of my family, and even further than that, to my two parents. My mother has guided my creativity and my emotions, while her family has made me driven and ambitious. My father has guided my logic and academic skills, while his family has guided my religious and spiritual journey. I have represented these two tribes (and all the tribes that thus branch from them) here in my piece by showcasing two locations I associate most with them — Cazenovia, a small, heavily wooded town where my mother’s family meets for Thanksgiving every year, and Israel, the homeland of my father and where my grandparents sought refuge after the Holocaust. I took these photos just months apart and chose to showcase them in a graphic and colorful collage to showcase the tribe of creativity I find myself in, while also choosing geometrical shapes (predominantly, triangles as they indicate change in mathematics, and also circles for their association with the celestial heavens) to showcase my tribe of engineering and science. I wished to show them distinct yet intersecting in various ways, and further, balanced, never one opposing the other.

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