Golda Meir By Laura Lee Burch

Golda Meir By Laura Lee Burch

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This needle-felted hand puppet is a one-of-a-kind collectors’ item, a delicate work of fiber art. It portrays Golda Meir, Israel’s legendary fourth prime minister, who presided over the young country during one of its most difficult times: the Yom Kippur War of 1973. Depicted in all her frail humanity, the piece provides us intimate access to this much-revered character; it is also a philosophical statement about the very nature of politics itself.
Materials: Needle-felted raw wool, glass eyes, textile body.
Dimensions: 20.4in tall x 3.9in wide, head circumference: 18.5in

These needle-felted hand puppets are one-of-a-kind collectors’ items, delicate works of fiber art. The series includes prominent Israeli and international political figures such as David Ben Gurion, Golda Meir, Queen Elizabeth of England, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, and Bernie Sanders. They are made in Burch’s signature needle felting technique, in which raw wool is sculpted with a special barbed needle, allowing the artist to transform the wool into a solid 3D material that can be molded into intricate textures and details. This technique allows Burch to delve deeply into the puppets’ most intimate and fleeting facial expressions. Burch’s choice of subject—high-profile, powerful politicians—provides a stark contrast to the softness and expressivity of her materials and technique, allowing her to capture a unique, intimate perspective of these personalities that is not often seen: emphasizing their wrinkles, their scars, a twitch in their eye. The familiar figures are empathetically portrayed by Burch in all their frail humanity. The fact that they are actual puppets enables them to be “played with” as such, providing us direct access to these much-revered characters; it is also a philosophical statement about the very nature of politics itself.

Golda Meir, the serious, down-to-earth American-turned-Israeli politician, was elected to serve as Israel’s fourth prime minister between the years 1969 and 1974, and presided over the young country during one of its most difficult times: the Yom Kippur War of 1973. In this work, Meir is portrayed characteristically with a cigarette in her hand, hair pulled back, with a tired yet determined look in her eye. She is dressed in a no-nonsense wool dress in the early-70s style typical of her time in office.

Laura Lee Burch

Burch is a multimedia artist living and working in Jaffa, whose work has spanned the fields of graphic design, illustration, photography, and puppet-making. She founded a gallery store in Tel Aviv where she designs, produces, and sells her handmade products, and cofounded Lullubee, a company that creates and markets craft kits for children. Burch also teaches needle felting seminars in her Tel Aviv gallery.
Read more about Laura here