Judaica encompasses a broad range of visual expression from painting, to sculpture, to modern art forms. Some Jewish art categories are: folk art, such as paper-cuts; ritual art–artistic renditions of ritual objects such as candle sticks or mezuhas or ketubahs. Fiber crafts such as tallits, torah covers, chuppahs. I am inspired to use Jewish symbols like the tree of life and the Hebrew alphabet to express a something meaningful in life.

The Mitzvah of the Honeybee

Hebrew Alphabet

Description about artworks:

his art work was a vision of mine that came to me during a paper-making workshop that I was taking while I was making each sheet of paper. 

Over time I collected Plexiglas t-pin boxes from years of hanging students’ art work in annual student art exhibitions at my school. I would often see them in trash cans in the shared office space of my colleagues. I would take them out of the trash cans and put them in a box. I was not sure at the time as to what I might use them for, but I knew I was going to use them some way in my art!

I enjoy collecting boxes of all sorts and these little Plexiglas boxes were perfect for holding small treasures and I thought of them as providing a view into a little window. So as I was pulling sheets of handmade paper during that paper-making course, I decided that I wanted to use these boxes as windows to view the Hebrew alphabet. 

As I started to create each handmade paper sheet, I added inclusions into the paper such as small pieces of glass or string that would complement the paper pulp colors were lightly layered over the top base sheet of paper. Working this way, it took time to create twenty-two sheets of handmade paper because during the process, I was thinking about the composition as to where the small Plexiglas box would be embedded into the paper pulp. After the twenty-two handmade paper works were completed I placed them in large box to think about the next step. Almost four years went by before I returned to this project. 

Upon returning to the project I knew that the next step was to make the Hebrew letters that were going to go behind each of the Plexiglas boxes. However, I was not sure if I was going to draw or print them. At that time, a very dear friend of mine gave me a set of rubber stamps of the Hebrew Alphabet.  I then decided to create dry point prints of each Hebrew letter so that I could use them over again.  They are featured in a few of my works that are in this exhibition. I created small printing plates where I engraved the Hebrew letters. The letters were engraved or scratched in to the small printing plates backwards so that when they were printed they would read correctly. The small printing plates with the Hebrew letters were then inked and printed using a printing press. The printing paper was dampened to pull the ink out of the incised scratched marks that formed each letter. This work has a special place in my heart as it was a long term project.