Artist Julia Goodman's hanging paper installation in the exhibition Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid is inspired by the final scene in the tale The Bird of Happiness. This scene reveals the young king's daily ritual of spending an hour inside of a shack, dressed in the rags he grew up in, looking at his reflection in a mirror. During this hour, the king looks back on where he came from in order to move his kingdom forward.
Julia Goodman creates low relief sculptural paper pieces from pulped, repurposed bed sheets, and T-shirts. These projects recontextualize the history of pre-paper technology, working within narrow material limits of plant-based materials to explore human interconnectedness, life cycles, and symmetry between the celestial and the terrestrial.