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

– The Companion

         This poetic book of largely personal prayers, which grew out of the human experience to help us confront the tests of life, moved me long before I encountered Judaism. It continues to move me. The tapestries reflect my impulsive responses to verses dealing with personal and communal injustice, hope of reversal of fortune, and praise of God, the comforting Source.                                                                     I began working on this on-going and open-ended series in the first year of my project, and soon it became clear to me how my childhood and later experiences of intensely staring at natural landscapes and light influence how I hear the words of the Psalmist. Thus, the series is organized in subseries according to my visual and technically diverse expressions of nature (vs. type of Psalm). 
          The tapestries are meant to echo spontaneous and individual prayer uttered in non-liturgical settings. Many are woven in pairs, which underlines the poetic device of parallelism and the structural beauty of Biblical poetry.


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