Tree of Life. Pittsburgh PA. 10.27.18

Tree of Life. Pittsburgh PA. 10.27.18

Attempting to deal with the darkness in this world. I was moved to respond to the terror in the way I know best; through my art.

Tree of Life. Pittsburgh PA. 10.27.18

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Below were my thoughts and words as I created the painting.

Darkness
Good morning, Today Monday, two days after the horrific terrorist attack that took place at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Where eleven souls were killed just for being Jewish and coming to synagogue to pray. I felt moved to create a painting that reflects my feelings and perhaps the feelings of others, to mourn and to celebrate the lives of those who were lost.”

“So, I’m going to begin with thick black, and paint a beautiful white canvas black. To create the mood to create the environment, that we live in, surrounded by darkness, surrounded by black. Yet somehow we need to carry we have to be that light in the darkness, so I’m creating the darkness in order that then together we can create the light.”

 

 

Tree of Life
“The second step in the process, we have a black background, now we have a silkscreen of a beautiful tree of life. We are taking gold, beautiful metallic gold to be used to create our tree using the silkscreen method. Now some bronze, different metallic colors to create an element of fire, a glow, these metallic colors stand out as they come up against the black, create our tree of life.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memorializing the Victims & Light
Step three in Tree of Life painting to commemorate the eleven murdered in Pittsburgh, is to memorialize each one of the victims on the painting itself.”

(At this point I read out the name and age of each victim as I painted a flame on the tree in their memory)

Joyce Fienberg, 75, Murdered for being Jewish and praying in a synagogue”
Richard Gottfried, 65, Murdered for being Jewish and praying in a synagogue”
Rose Mallinger, 97, Murdered for being Jewish and praying in a synagogue”
Jerry Rabinowitz, 66, Murdered for being Jewish and praying in a synagogue”
Cecil Rosenthal, 59, Murdered for being Jewish and praying in a synagogue”
David Rosenthal, – they are brothers – 54, Murdered for being Jewish and praying in a synagogue”
Bernice Simon, 84, Murdered for being Jewish and praying in a synagogue”
Sylvan Simon, – husband and wife – 86, Murdered for being Jewish and praying in a synagogue”
Daniel Stein, 71, Murdered for being Jewish and praying in a synagogue”
Melvin Wax, 88, Murdered for being Jewish and praying in a synagogue”
Irving Younger, 69, Murdered for being Jewish and praying in a synagogue”

These eleven souls that died Al Kiddush Haskem – sanctifying G-D’s name.”

Now gold dust…”

 

 

 

 

Now we have a responsibility to light up the darkness….”

(At this point I painted the spots of light, over the darkness)

 

 

 

 

 

May their memory be for a blessing.”

 

4 Comments

  1. This is so beautiful and expresses so perfectly the events and emotions of this past week here in Pittsburgh. Thank you. I saw this on Chabad.org and am glad to have located the artist and the source. Will it be available in print?

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    • Shalom,

      Thank you very much for your kind words. Yes I.m working on prints with my printer and they should be available soon.
      We are all with you in your pain, and recovery.

      Moully

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  2. This is gorgeous.

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  3. Beautiful homage to those who lost their life in a tragic hate crime!!

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