Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Study for "A Midrash on Time"

Adam and Eve Before Time, Aquarelle Crayons 19" x 25"

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Cartoons for the "Murder of Hypatia-Death of the Anima"

These are mock-ups for use in the painting "The Murder of Hypatia-The Death of the Anima." In the first, I have Hypatia turning to see her killer, and in the process catch the eye of the viewer.

Hypatia of Alexandria (d. 415 A.D.) is the most significant woman philosopher and mathematician whose life story has come down to us from antiquity. She was the head of the Neoplatonic school in Alexandria, and was a follower of the 3rd century philosopher Plotinus. She was brutally murdered by a Christian mob, reportedly for taking the side of the governor against the Bishop of Alexandria.  As her works have not survived, she has become something of a mythic figure, who for some has come to symbolize the beautiful yet unabashedly intellectual woman who the ruling male powers are unable to tolerate and ultimately destroy. To me, she embodies the question of the meaning of the feminine, both for and within each of the sexes. From a Jungian, perspective, I view her “image” as an anima figure that the male struggles to accept and embrace, but ultimately suppresses.

In this version I have a taller Hypatia moving resolutely toward her death.

This is the cartoon I ultimately used for the large (41" x 54")painting, which I began yesterday. It is similar to the first mock-up except for a change in the position of the abductor's hands. Once I transferred this onto the canvas I made some modifications in the drawing.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Studies for "The Murder of Hypatia"

"The Killer"--apparoaches Hypatia from behind with a crowbar-- a contemporary version of the scythe carried by the Angel of Death.

In this study Hypatiaturns to see her killer and catches the eyes of the viewer.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

David Triptych

The painting and triptych "David With a Head of A Goliath" depicts a meeting of the western classical tradition with the values and world view of Chassidus and Jewish mysticism. The young "David" is presenting the rebbe with a head for the ancient Greek Laocoon group. The rebbe is curious. The outcome of the encounter is as yet undetermined.  The lamp between them symbolizes the "holy sparks" or spiritual light that may potentially arise from the encounter.

David With the Head of a Goliath

"David with a Head"

The Rebbe's Lamp

"The Rebbe"

Figure Drawing of Leah