DNA of Language
10’x5’, Transparent holographic film and asymmetric diffuser film and LED light
The DNA of Language started from my being a mentor to the Cleveland Jewish Arts and Culture Lab. I was to discuss how to think out of the box creatively. They were studying Beginnings in Jewish text. Being a paper cut artist, I tend to think very linear. “ Twenty-two elemental letters. God set them in a wheel with 231 gates, turning forward and backward. How did God permute them? Alef with all, all with alef; bet with all all with bet and so on; … turning round and round within 231 gates.” I discussed how one can apply this creatively, coming up with several ideas, one of which was a mobile. From there, I discussed materials to create an ethereal look and discussed what firmament would look like, how this would rotate on its own etc. In all the pairing, there are 924 letters that makes up the Hebrew language. No one is supposed to know where it starts and where it ends.
Sefer Yetzira 2:2, 4-6; 6:4
”Twenty-two elemental letters. God engraved them, craved them, weighed them, permuted them and transposed them, forming with them everything formed and everything destined to be formed. Twenty- two elemental letters. G-d set them in a wheel with 231 gates, turning forward and backward. How did G-d permute them? Alef with them all, all of them with alef; bet with them all, all of them with bet; and so with all the letters, turning round and round, within 231 gates is all that is formed, all that is spoken emerges from one name. Out of chaos G-d formed substance, making what is not into what is. He hewed enormous pillars out of ether that cannot be grasped.”
Duality of Slavery and Freedom in the Modern World
24”x40”, Papercut, Paper
We have had the freedoms in our world to create all these amazing inventions but in the frenetic pace in which we have created them, we have become slaves to them, hense the duality. As you can see, these inventions range from agriculture, oil drilling, medicine, high technology, commercial harvesting in our oceans to the industrial revolution. We have changed our environment but to what end? The imagery is the same one side to the other. Blue represents freedom. Grey/silver represents slavery.
20”x30”, Papercut, Paper
This piece is based on Ruth Calderon’s 2013 Knesset Speech where she urges the bringing together religious and secular communities. “Homeland Promise Land” stems from our roots, delineating where we came from, linking past generations to future generations,-by the layering of one’s history, ones heritage. In Calderon’s speech, she tells of Rabbi Rechmanie, whose name means womb, stemming from Rachamim, meaning empathy. The root of these words spells “ramah” which corresponds with number 248-the number of organs in the body. Each part of the composition contains symbolism; for example, the umbilical-cord represents the braided twist of challah, indicating nourishment.