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Gallery: Judaica
Year: 2000
Original Media: acrylic on archival paper
In 'Between Heaven & Earth, a visual interpretation of the second commandment, two angels appear in the upper and lower waters of creation separated only by a narrow, fiery horizon. The angel of the upper waters reaches towards the commandment written in Hebrew, representing its heavenly origin. The angel within the lower waters of earth containing the English translation of the commandment is a distinct reflection of the one above, in the sense that we were created in God's image. While reaching for its' feather, fallen in the transition or translation to the mundane world below, it grasps the upper angel's hand, attempting to retain the tenets of holiness. I created this image as a metaphor to explain the struggle of artists through the ages who have attempted to balance their need for self-expression with their needs for community and religious observance. The title for this work was incorporated in my book, 'Between Heaven & Earth: An Illuminated Torah Commentary (Pomegranate, 2009).

GicleƩ prints on archival paper
19.00 x 15.00  
GicleƩ prints on archival paper
9.50 x 7.50  
Between Heaven & Earth

@ Ilene Winn-Lederer 2000