Curator Mindy Weisel
Participating Artists: Susan J Goldman | Madalyn Marcus | Miriam Mörsel Nathan | Maya Resheff | Michael Kovner | Ariel Berlatzky | Raquel Sanchez
To become aware of the ineffable and live with a sense of wonder, is to part company with words ... the curve of human experience lies beyond the limits of language. The world of things we perceive is but a veil. Its flutter is art. The attempt to convey what we see and cannot say is the everlasting theme of mankind’s unfinished symphony.
– Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, God in Search of Man What is meant by “wonder”? To the seven artists in Of Wonder, it represents a way of living, a search for meaning, and an acknowledgement of the wonder-fullness of life itself in everything they see, feel and experience in their creative activities. The writings of the eminent Jewish philosopher and teacher, Rabbi Joshua Abraham Heschel, emphasize the significance of the creative process. He feels one of the strongest ways a person can express Jewish identity and devotion is through creative activity that reflects a sense of wonder. Art is a permanent place in which to “hold” what is observed, seen, felt, experienced, and remembered; the artist’s devotion to exploring the wonder of life, through art, is an important facet of philosophical and psychological thought. Each work approaches a level of "beyond language" in its emotional honesty. Heschel states, “Wonder is the state of being asked.” The artists in the exhibition pose several of their own questions: “What is being asked?”, “How do we, as artists, express our sense of wonder?”, “How are we able to make the personal universal?” and “How do we surpass words/language through abstract markings?” The impetus to create is fueled by the desire to perceive and to grasp the wonder and mystery that animates all existence. As Heschel states, the artist is “compelled to draw a distinction between the utterable and the unutterable, to be stunned by that which is but cannot be put into words. It is the sense of the sublime that we have to regard as the root of ma’s creative activities.”
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