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.