Saturday, November 29, 2008

qumram

Small tapestry in shadow box
10" x 10" x 2" depth - wool, silk, cotton, synthetics, canvas, wood

A while back I read an article about the manuscripts found in the Qumram caves
in Israel and that’s how I found the inspiration for this project.
I closed my eyes and saw the old manuscripts decomposing in the humid caves. They remained hidden there for centuries inside clay vessels. On the interior side
of the scrolls, the humidity made the ink bleed and stained them in shades of black
and grey over their off white surface.
On the outside, the proximity to the clay’s red tones stained them in shades of red, orange, pink and yellow over their beige tones.
They are now kept in showcases for the enjoyment of generations to come.