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Judaica

A visual midrash project by multimedia artist Christina Mattison Ebert featuring custom illustrations and descriptions inspired by the Torah, haftarah, Jewish holidays and more.

Prints are available on Etsy.

For image licensing or custom life cycle documents, contact the artist at hello@christinamattison.com.

Pinhas (Haftarah)
Re'eih (Haftarah)
BOOK OF DEUTERONOMY

"Ho, all who are thirsty, come for water...."

(Isaiah 55:1)

 

This haftarah portion comes in the period of consolation after the destruction of the Temple and focuses on God comforting a broken people. I chose to focus on the poetic phrasing and metaphorical language within this portion–the water-like imagery in the bottom two-thirds of the image is inspired by the phrasing "storm-tossed" (also translated as "tempestuous") that opens this haftarah portion in Isaiah 54:11. ("Unhappy, storm-tossed one, uncomforted!") The wording running across the top of the "water line" is the first line in the second half of this portion and is in reference to people turning back towards God for peace and happiness.

FEATURED

FEATURED IMAGES

GENESIS

BOOK of GENESIS (click to enlarge)

EXODUS

BOOK of EXODUS (click to enlarge)

LEVITICUS

BOOK of LEVITICUS (click to enlarge)

NUMBERS

BOOK of NUMBERS (click to enlarge)

DEUTERONOMY

BOOK of DEUTERONOMY (click to enlarge)

HOLIDAYS

HOLIDAYS (click to enlarge)

BLESSINGS

BLESSINGS & MORE (click to enlarge)

ABOUT / CONTACT

ABOUT

Christina Mattison Ebert is a multimedia artist, writer and director with an MFA in Visual Narrative from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She completed the D'rash Design Project between 2012-2014, shortly after completing her conversion to Judaism, as a way to learn about the Torah.

 

Each image in the series was created in a limited time span — anywhere between 2 and 8 hours per piece — and were designed to be raw and visceral reactions to the week's Torah portion or its associated texts and commentaries. In its early days, Christina primarily used colored pencil and ink to complete the art, but as the series and her art practice progressed, she expanded into using cut paper, photo-illustration, collage and digital media.

 

Prints of D'rash Design images ares old in Christina's Etsy shop. Customized life cycle documents such as bat and bar mitzvah certificates can be commissioned upon request. Christina is also available for artist-in-residence opportunities at congregations, with multiple program options for adults and/or children. Contact Christina at hello@christinamattison.com to learn more.

A portfolio of Christina's visual narrative work can be found at www.christinamattison.com, including a digital short story presenting a modern re-telling of the Book of Ruth. Also, check out her MFA thesis project, a multimedia graphic novel called Landfall, at www.landfall-story.com.

All text and images ©2017 Christina Mattison Ebert, all rights reserved.

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