Berit Engen WEFT and D'RASH: A Thousand Jewish Tapestries


THE BOOK OF MISERY
– Seven Acts From the Book of Job



I often react spontaneously to colors, and one day when I spotted yarn in greyish red, blue, and yellow amongst my 100+ spools, I immediately exclaimed: Book of Job!
 
Even as a child, I never liked to use the three “appealing-to-children” primary colors together as I find that the combination leaves nothing to the imagination and lacks an inquisitive dimension. But the yarn dye infused with a little brown, black, or a contrasting color makes the threesome more interesting and better fit for God’s playground. I don’t find it beautiful, but beauty is not a word we connect with the story of this most suffering of men after whom no child is named.
 
Since Job is such a common reference, I decided to let the tapestries show emotions as if I am watching the story being played on a stage. I ended the work by adding the initial drape-like tapestry – the series with its theater references needed the magical anticipation experienced when staring at the curtain while waiting for the set to be revealed and the first act to begin. And, the curtain establishes right away the three primary colors in which the drama will unfold.

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