Tazria (Leviticus 12-13 )
"Purification," 2015, acrylic on canvas, 70 x 90 cm.
When her purification period for a son or a daughter is complete, she shall bring to the Kohen, a lamb in its first year as a burnt offering, and a young dove or a turtle dove as a sin offering, to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting, to the Kohen. (Leviticus 12:6)
This simple, yet surrealistic painting, dominated by three primary colors, captures the purification ritual that completes the process of giving birth. Her golden face glowing, the woman approaches the Kohen, who waits discreetly in the background. In her arms she holds her infant and her offering of a golden lamb. Above the Kohen's head, a golden dove and a blue moon shine out from the deep-red background. The figures were created by sweeps of the fingers, moving freely in this mysterious setting. The painting resonates with the primal energy of this ritual experience.