This year, I’ve actually created three seasonally Bible-texts based images. This abundance is due to current events, plus a last minute problem with my archival fine art printer, which will be easily repaired, but not in time to send out any cards, except via email.
The first image stems from my response to the terrorist attacks in Paris. Since Hanukkah came early this year, the attacks in the city of Light narrowly preceded the festival of light. I created a basic essence Portrait of the Eiffel Tower using the original letters from psalms 1 and 23 for the strokes. Then, for the first night of Hanukkah I added a Candle of Hope to the top of the tower, and entitled it: Je Suis Charlie! Here’s a link to that blog & image: Je Suis Charlie Hanukkah
Next came the image I had planned to create this year in response to the winter holiday season and climate change, as here in New York we are setting records for warmth this past November and now December. Plus, this polar bear image is the first of several based on bears of the Bible, where bears are often used prophetically, such as in Daniel 7. You will see that image in the next blog, in a few days.
Finally, today, since the current even in my own office became that the printer needs maintenance, I prayed and mercifully was inspired quickly with the idea of that I could quickly create as original art. This seemed like a kind of miracle to me, since my artworks are usually filled with many, many Torah font letters. The trick was to combine Conceptual Word Art with only a bit of Post Conceptual Art. Even so, this drastically reduced the number of cards I am actually sending, or returning. Basically relatives, close friends and business associates are being surprised with original art.
Below you have a scanned in copy of the image, both inside and back, which is written in pencil on what is the verso of the image. The actual front of the card serves to protect the image through the mail. Of course, the paper and inks are all archival.
Notice how my artist-signature is a kind of self portrait ceated using the letters of my name in Hebrew to create the face.
Wherever you are, whatever you do this season, I hope that you and your loved ones are happy, fulfilled and safe.
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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory.
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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