Letter, Land, Lore

The convergence of Jewish Mysticism and Indigenous culture

“Twenty-two foundation letters: (s)He engraved them, (s)He carved them, (s)He permuted them, (s)He weighed them,(s)He transformed them, And with them, (s)He depicted all that was formed and all that would be formed.”                         

Sefer Yetzirah (The Book of Creation)  2:2

Blossoming SERIES

These images have all been hand printed from carved lino blocks, as a limited edition of 18. The images are the marriage between the mystic significance of the Hebrew letter and the healing quality of the Australian Indigenous wildflowers.

Dimensions: 10cm x 14.5cm

$45 each 

Aleph for Energy

Flower: Cowkick (Stylidium schoenoides)

Beit for Stability

Flower: Cowslip Orchid (Caledenia flavia)

Gimmel for Growth

Flower: Sundew (Drosera pallida)

Daled for service

Flower: Spirit Faces (Pimelea sp.)

Hei for Expression

Flower: Fuschsua Grevillia (Grevillia bipinnatifida)

Vav for Connection

Flower: WA Smokebush (Conospermum stoechadis)

Zayin for Balance

Flower: Leafless Orchid (Praecoxanthus aphylla)

Chet for Vitality

Flower: Pink Fountain Triggerplant (Stylidium bulbiferum)

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Tet for Perspective

Flower: White Eremophila (Eremophila scoporia)

Yud for Change

Flower: Green Rose (Rosa chinensis veridiflora)

Kaf for Possibility

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Lammed for Listening

Flower: Yellow Leschenaultia (Leschenaultia formosus)

 
Mem for Wisdom Flower: Wattle (Acacia rostellifera)

Mem for Wisdom

Flower: Wattle (Acacia rostellifera)

Nun for Confidence Flower: Snake Vine (Hibbertia scandens)

Nun for Confidence

Flower: Snake Vine (Hibbertia scandens)

Samech for Trust Flower: Pincushion Hakea (Hakea laurina)

Samech for Trust

Flower: Pincushion Hakea (Hakea laurina)

Ayin for Clarity Flower: Catspaw (Angozanthus humilis)

Ayin for Clarity

Flower: Catspaw (Angozanthus humilis)

 
Peh for Articulation Flower: Orange Spiked Pea (Daviesa divaricata)

Peh for Articulation

Flower: Orange Spiked Pea (Daviesa divaricata)

Tzadi for Awareness Flower: One Sided Bottlebrush (Calothamnus myrticae)

Tzadi for Awareness

Flower: One Sided Bottlebrush (Calothamnus myrticae)

Shin for Peace Flower: Hops Bush (Dodonaea sp.)

Shin for Peace

Flower: Hops Bush (Dodonaea sp.)

Kuf for Sanctity Flower: Antiseptic Bush (Calocephalus ass. multiflorus)

Kuf for Sanctity

Flower: Antiseptic Bush (Calocephalus ass. multiflorus)

Tav for Resolve

Flower: Spider Orchid (Caladenia starteoerum)

Reish for Intuition Flower: White Nymph Waterlilly (Nympaphaea Violeacea)

Reish for Intuition

Flower: White Nymph Waterlilly (Nympaphaea Violeacea)

 

Emunah

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path

Psalm 119:105

Giclée Archival Prints on Stretched Canvas

Dimension: 70cm x 28cm

$300

Hard Truth

Hard Truth

Intricate Truth

Soft Truth

Our Voices – Koleinu

Giclée Archival Prints on Stretched Canvas

Dimension: 70cm x 28cm

$300

Shema - Silence of Eden

Giclée Archival Prints on Stretched Canvas

Dimension: 47cm x 28cm

$300

TESHuvah

Giclée Archival Prints on Stretched Canvas

Dimension: 47cm x 28cm

$300

Earth Renewal

Earth Renewal

Tidal Renewal

Tidal Renewal

Underwater Renewal

Underwater Renewal

Artist’s Statement

The resulting series of work, Letter, Land, Lore encapsulates the marriage of these worlds. It explores the parallels between Hebrew letters, native Australian wildflowers, and the medicinal values embodied in both letter and flower. The twenty two letters exhibited here have been hand-printed on paper from carved lino blocks in a limited edition of eighteen. In the work titled ‘Preichah: Blossoming WA’ I have physically incorporated the native plants around my local environment, by extracting their natural dyes. I used the twenty two carved lino blocks to print on the resulting range of hand dyed papers, combining them together to form an artist book. Other artworks have been created digitally and printed on canvas, layering macro and landscape photography with selected individual letters to form words that exemplify the holistic nature of this exhibition, and its timely opening concurrent with the lead up to the Jewish New Year.