Ali Shrago-Spechler is an interdisciplinary artist currently exploring how the invention of tradition and ritual form a collective narrative and identity. Through painting, performance, and installation, she references the stories and educational toys from her Jewish-American upbringing to understand the strength and effect of tradition. Prompted by Eric Hobsbawn’s question of, "how far can new traditions...use old materials, how far may they be forced to invent new languages or devices, or extend the old symbolic vocabulary beyond its established limits?"
Shrago-Spechler has exhibited in New York, Israel, England, and throughout South Florida including the Girls Club Collection, the Hollywood Art and Culture Center, and a permanent installation at Young At Art Museum. She received her Masters of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in 2016 and currently lives and works in New York City.