This is my current work, in 2016 and 2017.
These letters have fascinated me ever since Hebrew school. They are exotic, since Hebrew is not my first language. Yet they feel so familiar. Of course they represent my ancient heritage. But they also look like flames, especially with their uplifting serifs. And since Hebrew is a language of prayer, they are keys into spirituality. In our tradition, each letter is imbued with meaning. The Bet looks like a house, and represents security. The Shin represents godliness and is sometimes written on the mezzuzah, that little box holding a tiny parchment on a doorjamb.
There are legends about the letters, traditions of beautifying the letters, embellishing their shapes, gathering them together to tell stories.
My paintings are acrylic on wooden panels, most of them 10 x 10 inches. They will be exhibited at Fountain Street, in our new location in SoWa, along with art by Jim Banks and Catherine Carter, Massachusetts artists who also use curved lines that turn and tangle and shake with one another, from September 7–– October 6, 2017. Reception, Sept. 9. The exhibit, Lines of Communication, will also include my drawings of letters, on paper, combining Hebrew with Arabic and English, my way of saying that cultures benefit by mixing with one another. Let's appreciate our separate ways of being. Let's talk to our neighbors.
To follow the progress of this series: https://www.facebook.com/JoelMoskowitzArtUpdate