Parshat Vayishlach

Relief printing, collage on parchment, 2015

Artist: Lynne Avadenka,  USA

A troubled character, a moral reckoning, choices and consequences. Mystery, metaphor, poetry, prayer, gorgeous language, journeys, gains and losses, losing and finding faith. Open to this page in the book of Genesis and read: a character in conflict has a strange encounter, a dream; wrestles with an unnamed unknown presence, survives; wakes in the morning, renewed, with a sense of purpose.

It happened or it didn’t, but this story is ours, and everyone’s, and we are still reading it. I selected several key, evocative words from the parsha (איש עמו and ותנצל נפשי ) and printed them on silk tissue from large Hebrew wood type. Duality, mirroring, connection.

About Lynne

Lynne Avadenka has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Michigan Council for The Arts, the Covenant Foundation, Kresge Arts in Detroit and The American Academy in Jerusalem. Avadenka’s work is exhibited and collected internationally. Avadenka is the Artistic Director of Signal-Return, a community letterpress print shop in Detroit’s historic Eastern Market District.

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