Seeing Sinai 2000-2003
In the 1990’s I began to feel that some ideas in Kabbalah were surprisingly analogous to understandings of dynamic unity in abstract color painting.
To explore this notion, I began a collaboration with Prof. Arnold Eisen, then Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University (now the Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.)
Prof. Eisen and I decided to work together on ‘reading’ and responding to Exodus 33-34; the section of the Torah in which Moses returns to the summit of Mount Sinai after the disaster of the Golden Calf. He asks for God’s renewed support, and then, for himself, he asks to see God’s Glory. What did Moses see? This question has been discussed and debated by Jewish sages for millennia: I took it on as an abstract painter which influenced Professor Eisen’s reading in turn.
My four paintings and Prof. Eisen’s three commentaries were the result: Seeing Sinai: Meditations on Exodus 33-34. Please view the following page to see the four paintings. The Hebrew words are tranlated as the titles. (The Commentaries can be made available upon request.)