#711, Red: Mi Chamocha (Who is like unto Thee.…)
This was said by the Israelites after G-d had rescued them at
the Red Sea. That's why I chose to put it on the red painting.
#712, Yellow: Kadosh (Holy)
From the Kedushah, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory." I liked the mystery in
the painting, itself, and the mystery in the word "Kadosh."
I felt that the gold lettering on the modulating tones of yellow
was like a whisper.
#713, Purple: Sim Shalom (Grant peace….)
This is toward the end of the Amidah. A prayer for peace.
What more to say?
#714, Blue: Modim Anachnu Lach (We thankfully acknowledge Thee)
Also part of the Amidah. This is my second painting of this prayer.
I love the part that says "Our souls are ever in the charge; Thy wonders and Thy miracles are daily with us, evening, morn and noon."
I love abstraction and the calming mystery of a certain type of color-field painting, so I thought it would be interesting to use painting as a meditation on prayer. I started with an imperfect concept-- to use paint, color and line to grasp the ungraspable. Imagery, I felt, could not suffice to reflect the infinite resonance of a prayer. I began with a color and a specific prayer and let it go. I strove to make the colors of each painting glow, reminiscent of stained glass. I wanted the viewer to be able to get lost in the color and for each painting to have a quiet, emotive effect. This process helped to deepen my connection to the liturgy. I hope thatthese paintings will work the same way for those who view them.
link to "The Flemington Oratorio" by Eric Sirota, performed at the dedication of the New FJCCbuilding
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