The Art of Jewish Food
For my confirmation project, I researched Jewish artists and completed a series of paintings of Jewish food that emulate the unique styles of those artists. I chose food as my subject because sharing food brings people together in celebration and across differences, and has been an integral part of Jewish holidays and events that are close to my heart. The pomegranates are done in the style of Marc Chagall, the bagels and lox in the style of Nachum Gutman. The latkes are in my own style, symbolizing my hope to carry on the tradition of Jewish artwork that has been passed down to me from world-renowned artists as well as artists in my own family, such as my great-grandfather and my Baubie, and countless others whose work lovingly portrays Jewish traditions, celebrations, history, family, and daily life.
Dalia Heller is a member of the class of 2026 at Washington University in St. Louis. She served as a teen editor for jGirls+ Magazine for three years, and feels fortunate to be able to continue being included in such an inspiring and welcoming community.