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Genesis: The Sunset - Sunrise Series
Exploring the Creation of Our Reality

"Painting is the grandchild of nature. It is related to God." -- Rembrandt

These paintings are created with the first and part of the second chapters on Genesis, thus paintings of endless endings and beginnings.  In Genesis The Lord brings Light out of a void of Darkness, day out of night.  So sunset is an ending that evokes a beginning (the night/darkness), while a sunrise proclaims the separation of darkness from light, or, for most of us, the beginning of the workday (a day of creation) for six days of the week.

And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day." -- Genesis I:5

This series is elemental, returning to the Genesis, the world’s first words (big bang) of creation.   Using the 22 Hebrew letters to symbolize the fundamental essential waves (pre-infinitesimal particles), depicting what lies beneath that which lies beneath… to become perceived as solid reality.  Like reality, what we perceive, or think we perceive is only an illusion, so what we see in these paintings is not the reality of the painting.  One painting (“Montauk Lighthouse Sunrise Aleph)” seems to be a lighthouse at dawn, another (“Sag Harbor Gull”) appears to be a gull on a pier at sunset, but in reality they are both Genesis 1-2:7. and Deuteronomy 6:4.  The differences are the psalms that frame them and the way the letters and words are arranged and the colors they are written in.

"I have a terrible need of - dare I say the word? - religion. Then I go out at night to paint the stars..." -- Vincent van Gogh

SHINNECOCK GOLF COURSE
2006, 6 x 8 inches, acrylic on canvas

 Although it seems we see a painting of a sunset or a sunrise over water, in reality we are seeing chapters of the Bible. The basis of the Genesis: Sunrise/Sunset series are chapters 1-2:7 of Genesis.     In many mystical and religious traditions all of what we think is reality is really only the words of the Lord, the handiwork of The Creator. With that understanding the paintings fall into spiritual traditions, which are not only Judeo-Christian, but amazingly belong to Mohammedan, Buddhist and Chinese Daoism, as well as other beliefs. Yet, just as spiritual or religious experiences and our walks in life are personal, even private, these paintings are about judy Rey Wasserman's own life and experiences, especially on Eastern Long Island where she makes her home.


MONTAUK LIGHTHOUSE SUNRISE
2004, 16x12 inches, acrylic on board

 


Imagine seeing that rock at sunset or sunrise, standing opposite the sun – the rock would be deep in shadow, appearing to be a dark mass. Paintings in the Genesis: Sunset/Sunrise series usually have an allusion to something, such as the Montauk Lighthouse or a gull on a pier, which seems to be entirely in shadow and hence, solid and dark, without much detail. This epitomizes the way we see reality, which is actually not so solid but comprised of compounds, then atoms, then particles until one reaches the essential wave motions.

EVENING, FIFTH DAY
2005, 30 x 24 inches, acrylic on canvas

Using the 22 Hebrew letters to symbolize the initial intrinsic smallest waves (that form into the smallest particles) ties into modern particle physics and computer theory. 
Computer theory because the formal Hebrew script, the one used in the Torah for thousands of years, is a font wherein each letter is comprised of one or more of two basic Hebrew letters, a yud (y) or a vav (v).  Thus, the Torah font of Hebrew is essentially binary in nature.  The Yud Hey Vav Hey, (the holy name of Jews refer to as HaShem, meaning "the Name" and some Christians call “Jehovah”) is essentially made up of yuds that look like a upside down floating comma and vavs that look sort of like the numerical number one or some say a spear. The letter hey and any of the Hebrew letters can be seen as combinations of yud and vavs.

In UnGraven Image paintings the 22 Hebrew letters, the permutations that the yuds and vavs become symbolize the intrinsic elemental waves. Since all the letters can be made of yuds and vavs the paintings may also be said to be based on a binary system.


"Art is a delayed echo." -- George Santayana

Using the 22 Hebrew letters to symbolize the initial intrinsic smallest waves (that form into the smallest particles) ties into modern particle physics and computer theory. 
Computer theory because the formal Hebrew script, the one used in the Torah for thousands of years, is a font wherein each letter is comprised of one or more of two basic Hebrew letters, a yud (y) or a vav (v).  Thus, the Torah font of Hebrew is essentially binary in nature.  The Yud Hey Vav Hey, (the holy name of Jews refer to as HaShem, meaning "the Name" and some Christians call “Jehovah”) is essentially made up of yuds that look like a upside down floating comma and vavs that look sort of like the numerical number one or some say a spear. The letter hey and any of the Hebrew letters can be seen as combinations of yud and vavs.

In UnGraven Image paintings the 22 Hebrew letters, the permutations that the yuds and vavs become symbolize the intrinsic elemental waves. Since all the letters can be made of yuds and vavs the paintings may also be said to be based on a binary system.


"We all know art is not truth. Art is a lie to make us realize the truth." -- Pablo Picasso

 

SET HIS HAND ALSO ON THE SEA
2005, 30 x 40 inches, acrylic on canvas

"The task of art is enormous. Through the influence of real art, aided by science, guided by religion, that peaceful co-operation of man is now obtained by external means-by law courts, police, charitable institutions, factory inspection, etc.-should be obtained by man's free and joyous activity. Art should cause violence to be set aside. And it is only art that can accomplish this." -- Leo N. Tolstoy



BY THE WORD OF THE LORD WERE THE HEAVENS MADE

2006, 24 x 28 inches, acrylic on canvas

Since in Hebrew, every letter also represents a number, the paintings actually could have a numerical basis and equivalent if one added all of the letters and their numerical sums in a painting. This concept is also an artistic first, which again places Judy Rey Wasserman's theory and practice of UnGraven Image art at the intersection of science and religion.

DOCK LESS TRAVELED
2005,24 x30 inches,acrylic on canvas

"UnGraven Image -- "Changing the way we see the world one painting at a time."


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