Sefer Hana
Ellen Holtzblatt Sefer Hana artist book: woodcuts on Japanese paper
Sefer Hana
2010
artist book: woodcuts on Japanese paper
8" x 9 1/4", closed, 8" x 144", open
Ellen Holtzblatt Sefer Hana woodcut on Japanese paper
To Hana, there were no children.
2010
woodcut on Japanese paper
8" x 18"
Ellen Holtzblatt Sefer Hana woodcut on Japanese paper
The Lord closed her womb.
2010
woodcut on Japanese paper
8" x 18"
Ellen Holtzblatt Sefer Hana woodcut on Japanese paper
In her wretchedness, she prayed to the Lord, weeping all the while.
2010
woodcut on Japanese paper
8" x 18"
Ellen Holtzblatt Sefer Hana woodcut on Japanese paper
She vowed a vow.
2010
woodcut on Japanese paper
8" x 18"
Ellen Holtzblatt Sefer Hana woodcut on Japanese paper
Hana spoke with her heart.
2010
woodcut on Japanese paper
8" x 18"
Ellen Holtzblatt Sefer Hana woodcut on Japanese paper
Hana conceived and bore a son. She named him Shmuel, meaning, "I asked the Lord for him."
2010
woodcut on Japanese paper
8" x 18"
Ellen Holtzblatt Sefer Hana book cloth, Japanese paper, ink
Sefer Hana cover
2010
book cloth, Japanese paper, ink

Sefer Hana is a limited edition accordion book of woodcuts,hand printed on Japanese paper, that is a feminist and personal retelling of the biblical narrative about Hana, Samuel's mother.

In Sefer Hana, Hana's experiences and emotions are expressed through images of fetuses. We all began here and, at times of despair and extreme vulnerability, return to our primal consciousness. The final image in the book merges birth and death into one figure, questioning the cycle - where do we begin and where do we end? 
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