Current Work > Letters on the Wind: Exploring the Hebrew Alphabet

Letters on the Wind, is my exploration into the calligraphic quality of written Hebrew and how it imparts imagery into each letter. In the interstitial the letters flow like seedlings on the wind, reaching out to land, taking root and creating wondrous life. The letters form words and etch their faces into our stories, so when seen or spoken aloud carry the history of humanity. I instinctively responded to the nature of the letter and its shape with large gestural mark making. Then I continued delving into the substance behind the letter by creating atmosphere through multiple layers of mixed media. I separated areas with metal leafing to set a space apart and seek answers about the origins of the sacred and the mystical. The letters themselves are instilled over time with the joys and sorrows sustained by the speakers of the language. Through my exploration I am attempting to convey the importance that words, and imagery have to storytelling, and how those stories impact identity.

Aleph: Without end
Oil, Enamel, Leafing on Canvas
32" X 32"
2015
Bet: House of Creation
Oil, Enamel, Leafing on Canvas
32" x 28"
2014
Gimmel: Hand and Sword
Oil, Enamel, Leafing on Canvas
32" x 32"
2014
Dalet: The Doorway
Oil, Enamel, Leafing on Canvas
36" x 36"
2017
Hey: Breath of life
Oil, Enamel, Leafing on Canvas
36" x 36"
2017
Vav: The Connecting
Oil, Enamel, Leafing on Canvas
36" x 36"
2017
Zayin: Reflections of time
Oil, Enamel, Leafing on Canvas
36" x 36"
2017
Chet: Together One
Oil, Enamel, Leafing on Canvas
36" x 36"
2017
Tet: The ready seed
Oil, Enamel, Leafing on Canvas
36" x 36"
2017
Yod: The spark
Oil, Enamel, Leafing on Canvas
32" x 32"
2014
Kaf: The cradling palm
Oil, Enamel, Leafing on Canvas
36" x 36"
2017
Lamed: Heart of Knowing
Oil, Enamel, Leafing on Canvas
30" x 30"
2015
Mem: The Middle Place
Oil, Enamel, Leafing on Canvas
36" x 36"
2018
Nun: The faithfulness of David
Oil, Enamel, Gold Leaf on Canvas
30" x 30"
2015
Samekh: Consecrating shield
Oil, Enamel, Leafing on Canvas
36" x 36"
2018
Ayin: Eyes of the Lord
Oil, Enamel, Gold Leaf on Canvas
30" x 30"
2015
Pey: Mouth of Fire
Oil, Enamel, Gold Leaf on Canvas
30" x 30"
2015
Private Collection
Oil, Enamel, Leafing on Canvas
32" x 32"
2015
Qof : Eye of the Needle
Oil, Enamel, Gold Leaf on Canvas
30" x 30"
2015
Resh: The choosing
Oil, Enamel, Leafing on Canvas
36" x 36"
2018
Shin: The inscribed heart
Oil, Enamel, Leafing on Canvas
44" x 44"
2018
Tav: The mature summit
Oil, Enamel, Leafing on Canvas
36" x 36"
2018
Devekut-Cleaving unto God
Oil, Enamel, Leafing on canvas
32" x 32"
2014
Hineini: Here I am.
Oil, Enamel, Metal Leaf on Canvas
32" x 32"
2014
Private Collection
Acrylic, Enamel, Leafing on Paper
2014
Private Collection
Oil, Enamel, Leafing on Canvas
48" x 48"
2014