The signed lithograph
"Creation" is a limited edition of 700 pieces, 100 for each of the 7 days.
It measures 19" x 19". The unframed
version sells for $170.00 plus S&H.
Below is a complete
description of the piece:
lithograph 'CREATION' tells the story of "B'reshit" (Creation) as it is taken
from the Torah. The design itself is based upon a spiral, (in itself a very Biblical
concept) consisting of seven concentric circles formed by the actual story of Creation in
Hebrew. The tiny Hebrew writing which forms the spiral pattern is called micrography, an
art form unique to Judaic art.
The first spiral, starting from the center, begins with the division of
light and dark, the first day. This is followed with the next circle portraying the
division of the waters. On the third day, dry land, grass, and trees become part of
existence, followed by the sun, moon, and the stars on the fourth day. Life follows the
beautiful habitat G-d created and, on the fifth day, you see the birds and fish. On the
sixth day, animals, man and woman became part of the life force. This pictorial is
surrounded by the Hebrew letters Shin, Bet, and Tav, which spell Shabbat. Shabbat, the
seventh day, G-d rested.
This piece is distinct in its vibrant colors, intricate details, and deep
symbolism. The original is painted in gouasche, and water based acrylics.
"Creation" is a signed limited edition series of lithographs.
Why did I use a SPIRAL? Because the spiral is the essence of Judaism. To
understand this, we must understand our culture. But, first let us put it in perspective
with regards to other cultures.
Art is a medium/tool used to express our cultures. Eastern cultures
express themselves with the circle. This can be seen visually in many forms.
Architecturally, eastern cultures use many arches and domes. The crescent moon is often
used to symbolize Moslem nations, and pita bread is baked in a round form. Many Eastern
peoples believe in reincarnation and the cycles of lives.
Western cultures express themselves with a straight line. Western
architecture is based on grids and skyscrapers. The predominant religion, Christianity, is
represented by the Cross (two straight lines). The industrial revolution was able to
develop because of the "linear" assembly line.
Judaism, on the other hand, can be visualized by a straight line going
into a spiral. This is actually a combination of the senses. In todays society, however,
we use senses completely separate from one another. The medium is the message - whatever
sense we use defines how we will perceive the world. This is problematic, though, because
by not using any one of our senses, we are distorting reality. That is why a blind person
cannot go up to read from the Torah. But, did you ever notice how a blind person has
better hearing, or a better sense of smell than the rest of us? A prophet is someone that
can perceive the world with more that one sense simultaneously. Moses was a prophet. He
"heard the images". According to the Zohar, "he could see with his eyes
The drawn representation for seeing is linear (the light spectrum), while
the drawn representation for hearing is based on a spiral (sound waves). Thus, western
society can be seen as being based on sight (the visual), while eastern society is based
on sound. The spiral in Judaism can be seen in many of it's tools. Tfillin, Tzetzit,
Challah and the Havdallah Candle all incorporate the spiral. The central symbol in
Judaism, the Menorah, is created from a line going into a spiral. Just picture this as if
the top half of the spiral were cut off. The highest name of
G-d, "Ain Sof", is the infinity sign. Another spiral.