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25th Mar 2011

A Rose By Any Other Name

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet;” is said by Juliet in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Juliet is speaking of how her last name, Capulet while abhorrent to Romeo’s Montagues, is so easily changeable (by marriage). While her name can change hew essence would remain the same and as sweet.

Our names do tend to define us, or at least present us to others. Names can be understood as a kind of word portrait of who we are.

The first flower I created a Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Portrait of was a rose. Like my logo and signature it is created from the noun in Hebrew that means Rose, which we would pronounce as Vered. Vered is a popular name in Hebrew and I know people who have the lovely name.

Vered by Judy Rey Wasserman

You can see the three letters in green, vav, yud and resh painted at the side of this rose. See how they are used as the strokes to make the image?

You can see my own self portrait created of strokes that are the letters of my Hebrew name that I use to sign my works at the right hand bottom of this image and also the one below.

But we are also far more than our names. Each one of us has a Divine Design as our basis, which has spiritual and physical (and scientific) meaning. We are a cornucopia of thoughts, ideas, likes, dislikes, decisions, beliefs (both conscious and unconscious), hopes, and prayers – we are spirits with minds interacting through bodies that have an intrinsic plan we call DNA code.

The code – the basic structure of the rose below is created by strokes that are the original letters of Deuteronomy 6.

It is third of the new Essence Portraits of roses, Rose Gimmel. Gimmel is the third letter in the Hebrew alphabet and also is the number 3.

Rose Gimmel by Judy Rey Wasserman

Ironically the letters of the Hebrew name Vered is also found many times in Rose Gimmel, as those letters appear in many words used is Deuteronomy 6.

All Jews are given a Hebrew name that can differ from the one they regularly go by if they live outside of Israel and speak another language than Hebrew.

You have a Hebrew name, too. Everyone does. Your name could be either the transliteration of your name into Hebrew, just as it would appear if you were written about in Hebrew in the Jerusalem Post. Or your Hebrew name could be based on the meaning of your name. For instance, if your name is Rose then your Hebrew name would be Vered.

So, since there are so many letters used in Deuteronomy 6, your Hebrew name can also be found in the image of Rose Gimmel.

To me, each of us is a part of the unfolding bloom of life.

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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.
Check out the limited and open edition prints in the estore.
Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey .]

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18th Mar 2011

Cherry Blossoms Prayer for Japan

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Prayer can be visual art.

As an artist, there are times when I can best express myself , my prayers as art because even though I use words– the letters of words actually as my strokes, my hands can sing  the words of my heart in a way that my mouth cannot.

One week ago today, my best friend and prayer partner, Rebecca Sellers, called me at 7 AM , waking me up. Rebecca knows better than to ever call me at that hour as I usually work into the early morning hours, after our prayer time ends, usually after midnight.

Fearing someone had died; I picked up the phone and asked, “What happened?”

“We have to pray. There’s a tsunami headed for Hawaii after a massive earthquake in Japan,”

We watched together and channel surfed TV and web from our home offices, mine in New York and Rebecca’s in Florida we learned that a tsunami has also hit Japans north east coast. And we prayed, and prayed—not our usual once a day joining together, but several times a day as the news story develops.

Sadly, the tragic story continues to develop as the full devastation and destruction continues to be discovered and grow due the nuclear crisis which has curtailed some rescue effort while creating another horrific threat.

Where I live the leaves of the jonquils and crocuses can be seen pushing up out of the earth. There are gnarly bumps of buds and new growth on bushes and trees. These promise a coming burst of colorful blossoms, much needed after an unusually bitter cold and snow filled dreary winter.

The stores, flyers and even shopping channels that I surf to during commercials are promoting seedlings, seeds and garden stuff, which visually coexist just one click away with my remote, or a turn of the page in a newspaper with the news and images coming from Japan.

I kept thinking about flowers and Japan as I created what could be called a basic Essence Portrait of a rose, using the original letters of Deuteronomy 6 for strokes. This is a basic Bible text prayed by Jesus, the disciples and many Jews throughout history on a daily basis.

Basic Rose Aleph by Judy Rey Wasserman

Strokes are Deuteronomy 6

But these flower had nothing intrinsically to do with Japan . I couldn’t think of a flower that could be specifically associated with Japan , so, I asked Rebecca, who immediately replied, “Cherry tree blossoms.”

Perfect.

For Japanese people cherry blossom is considered an omen of good fortune and is also an emblem of love, or affection. They are also an enduring metaphor for the fleeting nature of life represented by spring, which has not yet arrived in Japan .

I set about to find images of cherry blossoms and trees, plus a scriptural text that could serve as the strokes to represent what had and was happening and also my prayers and hopes for Japan.

The next night as Rebecca and I were praying via telephone for Japan, we fell silent at a loss for words to express our sorrow, hope, and fears about the situation.

“Hold on,” said Rebecca. After a minute she returned and read aloud, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will we not fear, though the earth do change, and though the mountains be moved into the heart of the seas; Though the waters thereof roar and foam, though the mountains shake at the swelling thereof… ‘Let be, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our high tower.”

We said “Amen” in unison.

I knew Rebecca had also provided me with the text I needed to use as strokes for the cherry blossoms, Psalm 46.  Perhaps coincidentally, the full text of Psalm 46 also seems to allude to the events in the Middle East as “nations topple”, which is also currently in the news.

Cherry Blossoms Prayer for Japan by Judy Rey Wasserman

Strokes are Psalm 46

See the image larger and discover the available print HERE

This is the second time a tsunami that a story for the results of a tsunami inspired me with a new series of art. The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami coincided with a blizzard here, which together focused me on how wild animals endure and overcome nature’s fury and trials. The Written on the Wind series depicts animals.

Rebecca and I continue to pray for the people of Japan and those who are there to aid them and report on their stories to us all.  I have plans for more art about Japan to inspire and offer hope.

The Cherry Blossoms Prayer for Japan will be available as a print next week to help raise funds for Japan. Sign up for the newsletter, follow me on Twitter or the Facebook Fan page for news about that offering, which will bless your home or office space while you bless those in need.

I do not have a name for the new series depicting flowers, and if you have a suggestion please tweet it to me @judyrey or post it on my Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Judy-Rey-Wasserman/54246793250

[ Rebecca Sellers lives and works in Orlando, Florida where she is the owner of CMEWebs http://cmewebs.com/ Follow her on Twitter @cmewebs

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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.
Check out the limited and open edition prints in the estore.
Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey .]

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01st Mar 2011

Genesis Sunset for VisualAIDs 2010

Each year I donate a postcard to VisualAIDS for their Postcards from the Edge show and sale.

As usual my postcard sold, which always makes me happy as this is a really good cause. To quote from their web site,” Visual AIDS is the only contemporary arts organization fully committed to HIV prevention and AIDS awareness through producing and presenting visual art projects, while assisting artists living with HIV/AIDS. We are committed to preserving and honoring the work of artists with HIV/AIDS and the artistic contributions of the AIDS movement. We embrace diversity and difference in our staff, leadership, artists, and audiences.”

Here is a view of my postcard size art fro this year. This work was created with watercolor pencils using strokes from Genesis 1-2:7. Therefore it falls into the Genesis: Sunset-Sunrise series and is Post Conceptual Art that also belongs to the branch known as UnGraven Image.

Genesis Sunset for VisualAIDs 2010 by Judy Rey Wasserman

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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.
Check out the limited and open edition prints in the estore.
Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey .]

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