Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Seven to Seventy

Completed a new piece tentatively titled "Seven to Seventy" (click the pix to see it larger). It's a revelation piece, with a lot of midrash in it. Look for seven bolts of lightning, Captain Marvel, pieces from a chumash index, watercolor, and more. Here are some close-up shots (click make them larger):

I expect this will be in my September show in Northern California -- details will be posted here once I get them settled.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

El na r'fa na la

I've been working on a "healing" piece lately for a possible book cover project -- here's what I've come up with. It's a combination of papercutting, watercolor, and digital collage.

This work is based on the eponymous episode in Bamidbar (Numbers) 12:13 in which Miriam falls ill and her brother Moses prays to God saying, "Heal her now, O God, I beseech Thee" (which is what the title of this work means in English).

I've represented Moses's hands reaching up and out towards the heavens, represented by seven blocks of watercolor; these blocks stand for the seven pillars of cloud which protected the Israelites on their journey through the desert. Behind the cut-out hands is a portion from an old Torah commentary that had been headed for ritual burial in the genizah.