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


PaRDeS (I)
– Of Light-Filled Fibers: P’shat, Remez, D’rash, and Sod


          l enjoy looking at how Biblical scenes have been depicted differently throughout the ages in paintings. Using flax and linen fibers, and abstract imagery, I wove four variations on the very first verse of the Torah but with the added challenge of applying the category definitions of PaRDeS.


- 4 tapestries. (Series completed.)
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PaRDeS (II)
– Genesis 1:1 in Grey, Black, and Crème


          Inevitably, being transfixed by nature is almost equal to being transfixed by colors. When the countless hues of the Creation are deleted, weight is added to the story itself.

 
- 4 tapestries. (Series completed.)
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PaRDeS (III)
– Garden in Its Own Jumbled Beauty


          In this series, one Hebrew word only is the object being analyzed: ‘l’hitatef,’ ‘to wrap oneself’ as wrapping oneself in a tallit, a prayer shawl. I chose blue as the word’s color, symbolizing the commandment to make the tzitzit (the attached tassels in each corner of a prayer shawl) with one strand of blue. (Numbers 15:38)
           The tapestry titles are in the imagery of a Persian garden on a summer day. The colors, however, are without the brightness of such a garden, symbolizing that PaRDeS, in spite of being a system, can be quite bewildering as the categories overlap.


- 4 tapestries. (Series completed.)
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