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Casting Love Ketubah

Casting Love Ketubah, sumi ink and egg tempera on ragboard, 18" square, 2014

Casting Love Ketubah, sumi ink and egg tempera on ragboard, 18″ square, 2014

I enjoyed transforming the story of a couple, Anna and Andrew, into visual motives for this ketubah (Jewish illustrated marriage contract).  Andrew works in his family’s steel business.   Casting steel is a wonderful metaphor for creating a new, strong relationship.  Thus, the foundation of this design is the glowing forge, where a steelworker is pouring molten metal into the mold of a heart.  The forge also symbolizes the hearth, source of warmth and sustenance in the home.

Extending the “building” metaphor, reading counter-clockwise from the bottom, there are steel girders, followed by a pair of bower birds.  The male of this species creates an elaborate nest, which he decorates with colorful bits of paper and plastic, in hopes of wooing a mate.  So romantic!

Above the birds is a huppah, symbol of the home Anna and Andrew will create together.  Flying above the jasmine and hibiscus flowers is a hawk, a personal symbol for them.  Chicago’s majestic skyline at sunset surmounts the circle.  Continuing the circular motif are golden rings:  wedding bands, symbols of eternal love. Here they double as microscope lenses, through which we see slides of healthy breast and cervical tissue.  This represents Anna’s profession as a medical doctor, specializing in women’s health.

Returning to the personal narrative of Anna and Andrew, the circle is completed with a Lake Michigan sunset, as seen from the eastern shore, where they go to relax and unwind.

Finding a way to incorporate such disparate elements as the steel industry and gynecology was a wonderful challenge!  Anna and Andrew gave me free rein, which helped me fulfill the commission while allowing my creative stream to flow, unimpeded.

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez 1927- 2014

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1927-2014

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1927-2014

“Recordar es facil para el que tiene memoria.  Olvidar es dificil para el que tiene corazon.”

(Remembering is easy if one has a memory.  Forgetting is difficult if one has a heart.”

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

1927-2014

Descanse en paz.

Reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ One Hundred Years of Solitude changed the way I see the world, or more specifically, time.  The past is with us always.

I did this portrait of my hero for a benefit auction for the Art Center of Highland Park, coming up on May 8, 2014.  It is also available as an archival print, 12″ x 12″, mounted on a wood panel and ready to hang, in my Etsy shop.