The Matzah House acts as an extension to Egnater’s recent body of work titled “A Jewish Home.” Egnater’s practice transforms Jewish food into symbols and surrealist still lifes to open up the discussion about Jewish culture. The Matzah House acts as an ode to the nomadic history of the Jewish people and finds a Jewish equivalent to a ginger bread house.
Gabrielle Egnater was born in Los Angeles, California to a family of printmakers and lighting designers. She transplanted to Chicago to pursue a BFA in Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been primarily shown in Chicago, including the Roger Brown Study Collection, Lincoln Park; The Sharp Building of SAIC, Downtown; Gallery X, Downtown; Prairie State College, Chicago Heights. Egnater has recently been chosen as a Buonanno Scholar at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has been the recipient of the LeRoy Neiman Scholarship to attend the Ox-bow School of Art.