Hamabul - The Flood
Ellen Holtzblatt Hamabul - The Flood Woodcut on Japanese paper
Hamabul
2006
Woodcut on Japanese paper
7 1/2" x 22"
Ellen Holtzblatt Hamabul - The Flood Woodcut on Japanese paper
The earth became corrupt before God; the earth was filled with lawlessness. Genesis 6:11
2006
Woodcut on Japanese paper
7 1/2" x 14"
Ellen Holtzblatt Hamabul - The Flood Woodcut on Japanese paper
For My part I am about to bring the Flood – waters upon the earth – to destroy all flesh under the sky in which there is breath of life; everything on earth shall perish. Genesis 6:17
2006
Woodcut on Japanese paper
7 1/2" x 22 1/2"
Ellen Holtzblatt Hamabul - The Flood Woodcut on Japanese paper
But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall enter the ark, with your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives. Genesis 6:18
2006
Woodcut on Japanese paper
6" x 22"
Ellen Holtzblatt Hamabul - The Flood Woodcut on Japanese paper
Noach was six hundred years old when the Flood came, waters upon the earth. Genesis 7:6
2006
Woodcut on Japanese paper
7 1/2" x 13 1/2"
Ellen Holtzblatt Hamabul - The Flood Woodcut on Japanese paper
All the fountains of the great deep burst apart, and the floodgates of the sky broke open. Genesis 7:11
2006
Woodcut on Japanese paper
8 x 20 1/2"
Ellen Holtzblatt Hamabul - The Flood Woodcut on Japanese paper
The rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. Genesis 7:12
2006
Woodcut on Japanese paper
6 1/2" x 12 1/2"
Ellen Holtzblatt Hamabul - The Flood Woodcut on Japanese paper
Thus they that entered comprised male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him. And the Lord shut him in. Genesis 7:16
2006
Woodcut on Japanese paper
4 1/2" x 22"
Ellen Holtzblatt Hamabul - The Flood Woodcut on Japanese paper
And all the flesh that stirred on earth perished – birds, cattle, beasts, and all the things that swarmed upon the earth, and all mankind. Genesis 7:21
2006
Woodcut on Japanese paper
5 1/2" x 15"
Ellen Holtzblatt Hamabul - The Flood Woodcut on Japanese paper
All in whose nostrils was the merest breath of life, all that was on dry land, died. Genesis 7:22
2006
Woodcut on Japanese paper
6 1/2" x 13 1/2"
Ellen Holtzblatt Hamabul - The Flood Woodcut on Japanese paper
All existence on earth was blotted out – man, cattle, creeping things, and birds of the sky. Genesis 7:23
2006
Woodcut on Japanese paper
7 1/2" x 23"
Ellen Holtzblatt Hamabul - The Flood Woodcut on Japanese paper
God remembered Noach and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark, and God caused a wind to blow across the earth, and the waters subsided. Genesis 8:1
2006
Woodcut on Japanese paper
4" x 15 1/2"
Ellen Holtzblatt Hamabul - The Flood Woodcut on Japanese paper
And the Lord said to Himself, “Never again will I doom the earth because of man, since the devisings of man’s mind are evil from his youth; nor will I ever again destroy every living being, as I have done.” Genesis 8:21
2006
Woodcut on Japanese paper
7" x 12 1/2"
Ellen Holtzblatt Hamabul - The Flood Woodcut on Japanese paper
So long as the earth endures, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Summer and winter, Day and night Shall not cease. Bereshit 8:22
2006
Woodcut on Japanese paper
7 1/2" x 17 1/2"

Hamabul (The Flood) is an artist book, a scroll, consisting of fourteen hand printed woodcuts on Japanese paper. The images are reflective interpretations of the biblical flood.

In the biblical story of the flood, I wonder about the representation of water as the instrument of death. I can envision the devastation of the human and beastly bodies becoming one with the waters.  I am compelled by this destruction, and by the implications of spiritual renewal. 

Although the flood is brutal and deadly it utilizes the living sea as its medium of ruin. Water signifies purity and rebirth in the archetypes of literature and visual art. To journey through water takes one from the mundane to the holy and from the weakness of mortality to potency.
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