Hamden, CT USA
As a multidisciplinary artist, Judy Sirota Rosenethal works in many forms, adjusting to what the concept requires – site specific installation, assemblage with a variety of materials, works on paper, photography. From small meditative pieces to immersive human-size ones, the work investigates being human, the interface with human emotions /spirit and my wrestlings with the Unknown. She often works from text; what is seen and what is unseen, the space between.
As a Connecticut Commission on the Arts and Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture individual artist grantee her work has explored Seventh Heaven from Jewish Perspectives, human emotions, blessings and prayers, and storytelling on wrapped sticks.
Rosenthal’s work is in numerous collections, among them: Yale University Library – Art of the Book ; Cornell University Library (Southeast Asia Collection), Ithaca, NY; HUC Museums, NY and OH; Shure Funeral Home ( New Haven, CT); Reconstructing Judaism, Philadelphia.
Calligraphic hand lettering
Mezuzot and Ceremonial Rods, Storytelling on wrapped sticks
These indoor mezuzot are made from Japanese Knotweed, which I collect and dry for over a year, wrap with varieties of threads, contain a kosher parchment. 6”-9”.
The largest version, is Threads of Creation, 54”h x 11”w x3” d, threads, kosher parchment, copper letters, knotweed, 2002.
Collected in coldest winters, no two stalks are the same. They vary in diameter, in shape, and in the length of the segments. This one was chosen for the grace and strength of the outstretched arm that reaches toward the divine. The base of the rod was retained–the small protrusions would have become roots had they come in contact with the earth and were needed for support.
Are the letters ascending or descending, or both, like an inhale and exhale? The letters are the very DNA of life; mystics know that they are the blueprint of creation. The power of rising letters, from molten color becoming 22 letters, the aleph-bet completed just before the klaf (22 lines), stretching into the yearning for relationship with the Divine, in moments, experiencing the Divine light, the journey of connection for which humans.