This year my winter holiday artwork (and also downloadable gift to newsletter subscribers) is a special bookmark celebrating the New Year.
I expect that 2014 is going to be a special year of light for me because I will be releasing a new full length Art of Seeing The Divine book. I expect 2014 will be a special year for all of us due to new understandings coming from science, such as the research news from hadron collider at CERN, and the currently breaking news from the Genome project ENCODE that a second strand of DNA code had just been discovered code hiding within the one we know. Plus, we are going to have the first two of four blood moons (an event of light) occurring at Passover on April 15, and again at the Feasts of Tabernacles on Oct. 8, 2014.
“The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.” – Joel 2:31
The Special Coded Significances in this Bookmark
As found in the beginning of Genesis, the Hebrew word for light is spelled aleph-vav-resh, and pronounced like the English words “ore” and “or”. This has additional special meaning for me as these letters are now all found in my Hebrew name.
At first glance it is clear that the artwork of the bookmark is about light as there are seven candles, one for each day of the week. Since three of the candles are placed in a scroll and the more placed in an open book, the image refers to enlightenment gained from information or knowledge. There is snowflake with the seventh candle inside it.
Why the snowflake? Is it a decoration, a way of visually referring to the winter holidays? Yes, but there is more. However, certainly for non-Bible based people can access my work through simply through the science and duality of its strokes.
Although books and scrolls have been used to convey secular or non-spiritual information, for most Jews and Christians these images immediately bring to mind images of Torahs and Bibles, hymnals, and prayer-books/siddurim, etc.
Then why the snowflake? Is it a decoration, a way of visually referring to the winter holidays? Yes, but there is more. However, certainly for non-Bible based people can access my work through simply through the science and duality of its strokes.
Yet for Jews and Christians, snowflakes, which are crystals of water, must visually refer to water, and water In the Bible always symbolizes the Word of The Divine, the Torah or logo. This concept is a familiar one, as the ritual “baths” of mikvahs and baptism enact the cleansing of the participant by a new full immersion In flowing (living) water of the Word.
As an artist, it seems to me that depicting a snowflake is the only way to clearly show water as a stand-alone non-man-made visual item that is not in some way contained in a container like water or in a deep depression in the earth (another kind of container) like river or sea banks. Even an icicle would need to hang from something for the image to be easily understood.
The lit candle in the depicted snowflake also serves as a reminder that like the light, water also presents in a wave form when it is a fluid. In reality, the light would of-so-briefly illuminate the facets of the snowflake/idea. Then the snowflake would melt, just as the ideas we learn “melt” into memories in our minds, to become actionable in our lives.
Each separate Essence Portrait image of an object is created by hand with using Torah font letters for each stroke, as follows: snowflake – Isaiah 55, Candle – Genesis 1:1-5, and both the scroll and the open book – Genesis 1;1-15b and Deuteronomy 34. These individual images were then professionally scanned and combined by me digitally to create the bookmark.
Holiday Bookmark by Judy Rey Wasserman
A PDF printable was previously sent to subscribers of the Art & Inspiration Newsletter at holiday time.
.I hope the bookmark is used by readers to remind themselves to focus on the ideas and thoughts that bring you joy, understanding –even wisdom, and of course, light.
Happy holidays and may you have a new year filled with happiness, fulfillment, safety and light,
Judy Rey Wasserman
Founder, artist and author
udy 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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