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19th Apr 2013

Names as Art and Pre-Matter in Post Conceptual Art

“A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, [and] loving favour rather than silver and gold.”-Proverbs 22:1

Your first name, and (probably your full name) in Hebrew is always hidden in my regular paintings, and also in one of the works below in this post.

This is true because Hebrew letters are phonetic and I use them for each and every stroke, as I copy out scriptural texts that I specifically select for each artwork.  Torah font Hebrew letters are the best set of symbols to represent the strings of elementary physics, which are the building block of the universe. Since I use many tests or repeat texts to gain as many strokes as a work takes, all of my regular works have enough strokes to not only easily create anyone’s name, usually there are enough of the letters needed to also create the names of an average person’s relatives also, and for the larger works, friends and even actual face-to-face acquaintances. [

Most Jews have a Hebrew name; others have names that are from Hebrew, such as Mary, James, Joseph and Anna. However everyone’s name can be transliterated into Hebrew easily because Hebrew is phonic; for example, in two different images below the names  “Leigh” and “Larry” are transliterated into Hebrew.

The images below are shown in the order that I created them.

I created a small card for a childhood friend Sharon and then one for her adult daughter Leigh, who have been very kind and helpful to me.

Although they are Christians, I wanted to make the cards more personal, so I used their names in Hebrew (Sharon is a name from the Bible), plus also in English. Unlike my other works I wanted them to actually be able to read their names. You should be able to do that also.Sharon's Sunset by Judy Rey WassermanSharon’s Sunset by Judy ReyWasserman

Sharon is an inspired and inspiring woman, so the image of a sunset was used. A sunset can always be understood as anmoment of inspiration, which is also a new beginning.

.Leigh's Tree

Leigh’s Tree by Judy Rey Wasserman

Leigh is a healer, so her card is of an image of a tree, which symbolically refers to the Tree of Life.

Both of the above works were created in the late summer of 2012.

I thought about the idea of purposefully including names, readable names, and possibly names in English in my works for seven months.

Then I created another card, for a relative of mine, of a sunset, which uses the scripture text of Genesis 1 for the water color pencils and then adds black ink letters of his full name in English for the darker strokes in the work.  That image is not shown to protect his privacy.

This week I created another, slightly larger work (7×5 inches) based on a several layers that are Genesis 1-2:7. Then I added several more complete layers from both the Genesis text t and also the name Larry in both Hebrew and English.  Below the image I have included, reading from left to right lamed, resh, and yud – to write Larry in Hebrew. You
can fairly easily find them and also the English letters in the image.

Sunset for Leonardo Da Vinci's Birthday with Larry's Name for his Birthday by Judy Rey Wasserman

Sunset for Leonardo Da Vinci’s Birthday with Larry’s Name for his Birthday by Judy Rey Wasserman

Larry in Hebrew

Hebrew letters  that make the sound of the name Larry. You can find them in the image above in many places.

I continue t ponder and pray about the idea of purposefully including names in the strokes. If you have comments or suggestions, please write them below.

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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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