This newest series of Assemblages is inspired by the resiliency of the Jewish people to survive thousands of years of persecution, at times seemingly hanging on “by a thread”. That notion inspired me to create a series of abstracted images representing the trials and pain as well as the triumph and hope for the survival and prosperity of my people. From the tragedy in my own family, losing so many and so much to the Holocaust, to my hope of making Aliyah, this series is both personal and universal in its dream of a more perfect world, where Jews can live free from fear of hatred and oppression.
I used scripture as my inspiration, citing Numbers, 15:38, “Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue”. I wanted the work to maintain a single thematic idea regardless of the particular subject matter. I also wanted the element of Hebrew writing embedded in all the work, but not wanting to tear out or copy passages from scripture itself, I have used newspaper text as a random visual element to evoke biblical writing. Some works represent the persecution, while others represent the hope. I have tried to create some sense of balance regardless of the subject as the blue thread weaves though each work.
Blue Series: Sabina Mixed Media 8″ x 10″
Blue Series: Tears to Triumph Mixed Media 8″ x 10″
Blue Series: Double Persecution Mixed Media 8″ x 10″
Blue Series: Eden Restored Mixed Media 8″ x 10″
Blue Series: Strength of Zion Mixed Media 8″ x 10″
Blue Series: Lake Kinneret Mixed Media 8″ x 10″
Blue Series: Jerusalem of Gold Mixed Media 8″ x 10″