Here I Am #7

Artist Statement

The notion of "tikun olum" - that we can unify our thoughts and actions toward a positive force within the universe- is what informs my work. As an artist I do a lot of thinking about the nature of existence and purpose. My images develop as layers of color and fluid forms to visually express the iterative nature of all things.

I have been exploring the symbolic meaning of ancient Hebrew letters which are mysterious, enigmatic, and animated with a sprititual breath that is a separate language and existence. The letters Mem, Het, and Shin have resonated with me as they evoke themes of commitment, life, and love. Insofar as the letter "mem" is used in both an open and closed form, it leads to reflection of the womb and the receptacle of life, found in the essential foundation of all life which is water, or "mayim" in Hebrew, beginning and ending with the letter "mem". The "Shin" is a "tooth" or "tiara" with 3 prongs evoking the dimensions of the human being: truth and justice on one side, kindness and mercy on the opposite side, and the unifying prong of spirit and soul. The "Het" begins the Hebrew phrase "Henayni" which translates as "Here I Am", a symbol of "showing up" for the call of life's momentous episodes, not with reservation, but with full commitment.

My images express the reality beyond what we see insofar as the physical manifests a glimmer of something greater and more essential to the human spirit. I hope you will find them beautiful and inspiring.

Artist's Biography

I began my career teaching art in the Massachusetts public schools, teaching art history at Westfield State College and Boston University, and by drawing and painting as a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts.

I look for an underlying reality in what I see, searching for that which is balanced, dynamic, and transcendent. My work is exhibited throughout New England and in the Miami area. I work with color, brush work, and design to engage the viewer in the mystery of an image, recognizable - yet - evocative, offering a visual pleasure that transcends simple observation and that opens the spiritual door of heightened reality.

Contact

Contact the artist: bhlaw@cox.net