Miriam: Prophetess-Worship Leader
G_d appoints Joshua, and Moses anoints him. Joshua leads the Israelites into the Promised Land. Most importantly, Joshua was born in Egypt. However, he spent much of his life wandering in the desert. He is described in the book of Exodus.
He shared a close relationship with Moses and Miriam. She is a historical figure, a Prophetess, a worship leader, and a sister of Moses and Aaron. Like her brothers, she did not enter the Promised Land. She murmured against Moses marrying a Cushite woman. For that sin, G_d struck her with leprosy. As a result, it forced Moses to intervene with G_d. Seven days later, she was cleansed, however, the community avoided her for the rest of her life.
One of the ceremonial rituals described in the book of Joshua, calls for God’s commandment that those who were born in the wilderness were to be circumcised when they came into the Promised Land.
As a result, God “rolled away the reproach of Egypt” from them, meaning that He cleansed them from the sins of their former life. The long journey perhaps was meant to remove the “Egypt” from the people.
The symbols enhance the magical oeuvre of this vision. The highly stylized work brings images to the text I read. I can create images that stir the curiosity of the viewer. I follow in the footsteps of historical artists that create dream-like images. Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, and Joan Miro are artists that have influenced my work. I took an artistic license to describe Joshua and Miriam.
The Names of G_d
A series using the names of G_D is in the works. I use a west coast “hippie -look” to stylize the portraits. The hairstyle can be natural or elegant. Biblical descriptions allow me to create a persona. The use of purple and dark blue in the clothing denotes royalty. Gold and silver jewelry adorn the portraits. The palette layer takes the lighting from my sculptures- an iridescent type of light spectrum.