Envelope

I am back from Greece. With my love to the Mediterranean sea and cultures, my respect to the Phoenicians, memory of Ancient Alexandria Library – I was the second skipper on a small yacht. We read aloud sentences from the Odyssey, as if time did not pass. We were contemplating on all the Greek knowledge organized in Alexandria library- […]

A letter from Penelope to my readers

Penelope writings, poem fragments were scattered on the island of Ithaca, 2012.     A tribute to Clio, a muse.   More here: Arriving at Ithaka Dinner with Penelope and Odysseus Envelope Returning home    

Incessant Mezuzah

Incessant Mezuzah [2006, excerpt], is a cyclical video artwork dealing with deficiency and absence, and unceasing persistence in bringing the past back to life. This artwork represents a personal interpretation of the sacred text and of its actual writing process.   Incessant Mezuzah video artwork is a part of the Jewish Museum New York collection, and […]

Alexandria remains

Images of Alexandria Library are on my mind. Playing in the sand tray – visions emerge: a scribe and scrolls. Euclid in Greece sits next to another scribe, connected through a golden triangle to an Egyptian on the south bank of the Mediterranean Sea.   Δ Under the library, in a cellar, with a flashlight […]

Enso-Mandala-Womb

Last weekend I was one of 25 participants in a calligraphy intensive day with Tirza Paytan-Sela. I was practicing the Enso; When you paint-draw an Enso, you do it from left up-words and then down. Usually the heavy part of ink is at the start. Somehow, this whole day the weight was at the end of each Enso. The […]

Altered book

Sad Maps, 2010 דפים מספר מטופל, מפות עצובות, 2010

Taming the Ox and Avraham Ofek

The year of the ox, 2010, was celebrated by a a weekend seminar with my calligraphy group near Caesarea beach. We learned the ancient Chinese story Taming the Ox. As we practiced the ancient sign, I surprisingly recalled the ox as part of the first Hebrew letter – Alef – א It is derived from the word Alef, meaning the first, […]

Lists as Backbone of early writing

“……..in the very first phase of writing’s development, were lexical texts, word lists containing terms … names of metal objects, ceramic vessels, textiles, cities, trees, plants, cattle, swine, birds, fish, etc. Along with mathematical reckoning, these lexical lists were undoubtedly the backbone of early scribal education.” The Library of Alexandria, Roy Macleod, I.B. Tauris, 2004, […]

Shrine stamp book – site specific art

My eyes were attracted to the stairs leading into the hills above Yoshida Shrine. I took my shrine stamp book and put it on a stair. The wind blew and  leafed  the pages: And another path ,  My heart is in the East