RIP Helène Aylon – Ecofeminist, Anti-nuclear Art

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  • Helène Aylon was an American multimedia and ecofeminist artist.[1][2] Her work can be divided into three phases: process art (1970s), anti-nuclear art (1980s), and The G-d Project (1990s and early 2000s), a feminist commentary on the Hebrew Bible and other established traditions. In 2012 Aylon published Whatever Is Contained Must Be Released: My Jewish Orthodox Girlhood, My Life as a Feminist Artist.

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    Earth Ambulance, Helene Aylon, Creative Time, 1992.


    The original 1982 “ambulance” was a truck painted to resemble an ambulance. A key element of the mobile performance are hundreds of common pillowcases carried by the Earth Ambulance, donated by participants, representing the “nightmares” people experience about the potential for nuclear obliteration of life on earth. Some pillow cases have been inscribed with messages, others filled with earth dug close to missile launch sites and from Native American reservations frequently used either as nuclear test sites, or for uranium mining and processing. Still others are blank, representing the unknown future.

    In the 1992 exhibition under the Brooklyn Bridge, a selection of these pillowcases were strung from the bridge girders above the parked “ambulance.”

    The ambulance also has been a focal point for mass demonstrations.