21st Jun 2013
Post Conceptual Art at the Intersection of Cutting Edge Science and Ancient Wisdom
21st Jun 2013
The artwork image in this blog is of an open book created completely of original Bible texts. It gives new visual meaning the idea of an open Bible.
Jews or Christians are often called “the people of the book”.
For Christians, that refers to both the Hebrew and Greek testaments, also known as the Old and New Testaments respectively. For Christians of all branches and denominations, any translation version of the complete two testaments is a Bible — The Book.
For Jews, their book does not refer to the whole of the Hebrew testament (called the Tanakh in Hebrew), but the Torah, which is the first five books of anyone’s Bible, also known as the Pentateuch. A kosher Torah is always in scroll form, the way all ancient books were written. That format is why we have the Dead Sea Scrolls, rather than the Dead Sea books. However, thanks to the blessing of modern inexpensive printing, most Jews, like Christians have a copy of the Torah, usually within a Tanakh in printed book formats in their homes.
Thus a tradition arose that one could refer to both the Torah or Pentateuch by using the first and last chapters of Genesis and Deuteronomy, and then even just the first letter of Genesis: a beit and the final letter of Deuteronomy, a lamed. When you reverse these letters they create the word for heart in Hebrew. So a heart has also come down to symbolize Torah or, depending on one’s religious tradition or affiliation, the whole Bible.
So when it came time for me to create my first Essence Portrait of an open book, selecting the texts to use was easy, rather than the prayerful and ongoing research project that finding the texts to use for my letter-strokes usually is. I is obvious to use Genesis 1 and Deuteronomy 34. In time, like most of my Essence Portraits of people, flora, fauna or things, Open Book will be featured in other artworks, too.
Below is a jpg of Open Bible, and then below that a close up of a section to show the strokes of that area.
Open Bible (Genesis1 & Deuteronomy 34) by Judy Rey Wasserman
Close up of middle bottom section of Open Bible (Genesis1 & Deuteronomy 34) 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 at ungravenimage.com. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.
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