“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 at ungravenimage.com.
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