The inspiration for my new work entitled “Divide the Waters” comes from Torah, the Old Testament, written over 3000 years ago – from the poetic words of Genesis Bereshith, Chapter 1, lines 6-8. The work reveals the second day of creation as part of my new series to express all six “days” of The Creation Story along with the seventh day of rest - a universal narrative shared and appreciated by Judaism as well as Christianity, Islam and other faiths and traditions. A found textile as support, using paper cutout collage, becomes intertwined with fragments of fabrics and assorted trims which then become transformed into spontaneous patterns of line, color, shape and texture. Using tactile materials, that may at first appear to be fragile, become an integral part of the work, bringing those who engage with the art to feel a new sensibility of imagination and creation- perhaps to ask the question, “Is this Jewish art?”
(Flora Rosefsky – 02-24-11)
Book of GENESIS, Chapter 1
6. And God said:”Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 7. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. 8. And God called the firmament Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.
Pentateuch & Haftorahs; Hebrew Text English Translation & Commentary, Edited by Dr. J.H. Hertz, Soncino Press, Second Edition, London 5742-1981
DIVIDE THE WATERS
Mixed-media: crochet tablecloth, paper cutout, fabric,ribbon, trim
3’6” x 7’
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