Artwork as an allegory of the Jewish Creation Myth

Artwork as an allegory of the Jewish Creation Myth –

 Ora Singer, artist and Kabala (Jewish Mysticism learner)

Ora Singer, artist and a Kabala learner, has devoted a lifetime to sense the grand process of Creation by means of her artwork.

Dark, monumental enigmatic artworks, roving between two and three dimensional perspective, are inspired by Genesis and other sacred sources pertaining to Jewish Mysticism.

The Biblical Creation Myth, as many other Creation Myths, attempts to resolve the mystery of an ungraspable Creator, beyond time and space, who creates everything within time and spaceA Creator Who is unaffected by time and space, thus Eternal, versus the Creation, which is forcefully built by time and space and thus perishable.

The Eternal Creator is reflected in perishable Creation made of matter and fated to appear, endure and disappear.

Along the history of human civilization, people differentiated between mortal flesh and Eternal Soul or Spirit. The complexity of this basic duo (mortal flesh and Eternal Soul) is expressed by a rich variation of religious narrations and corresponding iconography.

The Hindu Chakras, the Buddhist Mandala, the Jewish Kabala Tree of Spheres and the Christian Cross have all in common a symbolic visual motif, designed to assist the believer in his path to overcome illusory reality , which prevents seeing  matter and Spirit as one and sole Essence.

These symbolic visual motifs share the belief in an inherent transformation of consciousness, needed in order to accomplish The Path, leading from illusory reality to Ultimate Reality that is to the experience of Oneness or Eternity.

The enlightened consciousness, that has followed The Path, is able to build an imaginative ladder, unifying The Eternal and the ephemeral, The Ineffable Oneness and the world of matter and pluralism.

Ora Singer , studying The Kabala Tree of Spheres paints the visual ladder, uniting The World of The Divine (The Ineffable beyond time and space), through the World of Creation and The World of Formation (suggesting the  gradual process of Creation) up to The World of Action (perishable matter and pluralism).

Jewish Mysticism sees in the Creation Myth an act of the Decrease of Infinite Light, as The Divine or Wholeness, beyond space and time, turns into the world of relativism, destined to pass away.

The Kabala term of “The Breaking of The Vessels” is likewise an indication of the Grand Metamorphosis occurring as The Infinite Light, creates the world of lights and shadows, of life and death.

The artist paints the tumult and uproar of The Breaking of The Vessels (The Hebrew letters and the Ten Spheres of The Tree of Life).

The loaded metallic colors of gold, bronze and silver and the usage of archetypal sacred geometric forms (square, circle, and mandala), indicate the Super-natural act of The Creation Myth.

The archetypal sacred geometric forms may symbolize the Super –natural, but the heavy texture, rich usage of pigments, intensity of the act of painting itself ,multi-layered  oils – all testify the celebration of  matter…

There are three main traits which characterize the Kabala learner and artist – Ora Singer:

Fervor of an ardent believer, expressed in the multiple and dense layers of paint, usage of an unnatural pigmentation and of dramatic reliefs or embossments.

Discipline of the artist as a micro creator, opting for symmetric compositions, responding to an inner urge of order and harmony.

Awe facing the Grand Mystery of Life and Death roaming about and turning the works into a disturbing enigma revealing wonderment and anxiety at one and the same time.,

Ora Singer follows a noble lineage of artists, dealing with the domain of the Spiritual, giving up simplified formulas, turning the viewers into mute witnesses of an Ideal  Gate, concealing the tremendous  scope of Life and Death.

Dr. Dorit Kedar
The Center of Inter-religious Peace
The Book of Inter-religious Peace

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About Dr. Dorit Kedar

Forced to continuously change nations, cultures and schooling - I had to develop a wider sense of communication, a way of thinking-feeling-behaving which stresses the common denominators. The need to adapt new landscapes and land-souls has taught instinctive means to overcome separatism, prejudices, dogmatic beliefs and suspicions. While looking for the common gathering denominators, I have also increased the ability of perception and individuation. Being constantly in estranged places has triggered psychological processes to turn the unfamiliar into familiar. As an art critic in the Israeli press, a curator, a writer - have always dealt with the otherness, the different and the infinite variety of the Existent. My Book of Peace is the result.
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