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
Woodcut on Japanese paper
5.5" x 15"
Hamabul (The Flood) is a series 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.