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

 

I am compelled by the devastation of the flood, and by the implications of spiritual renewal.  The bible begins with divine creation, yet only divine retreat allows space for mortal creativity. There is no need for Adam and Eve to create while living in the idyllic Garden of Eden.  Childbirth and labor come after the expulsion.  Suffering necessitates creative action. 

 

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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