Neshama: Visions of the Soul
Apr-June 2008: Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis, MN
Jul-Sep 2008: Paul Whitney Larson Gallery, University of Minnesota, St Paul, MN
Jan-Feb 2009: Adath Jeshurun Congregation, Minnetonka, MN
The theme of soul offers an engaging challenge—to visually portray what is quintessentially invisible. The term neshama signifies breath of life. A morning prayer (Eloyhai neshama) avows: “My God, the soul that you have placed within me is pure….” According to Jewish tradition, each of us has a “spark of the Creator”—this spark is within us and is also our connection with an Infinity far greater than ourselves. The artworks encompass a broad range of ideas and visions—spirituality, intimacy, faith, life-force, breath-of-life, memory, after-life. We have drawn from a deep core of memory, the interconnections of souls, and ties with people we love, some of whom are no longer here.