Sefer Hana
artist book: woodcuts on Japanese paper
8" x 9.25", closed, 8" x 144", open
To Hana, there were no children.
woodcut on Japanese paper
8" x 18"
The Lord closed her womb.
woodcut on Japanese paper
8" x 18"
In her wretchedness, she prayed to the Lord, weeping all the while.
woodcut on Japanese paper
8" x 18"
She vowed a vow.
woodcut on Japanese paper
8" x 18"
Hana spoke with her heart.
woodcut on Japanese paper
8" x 18"
Hana conceived and bore a son. She named him Shmuel, meaning, "I asked the Lord for him."
woodcut on Japanese paper
8" x 18"
Sefer Hana cover
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?