Transcriptions #13: Phoenician Shalom

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Transcriptions #13: Phoenician Shalom

700.00

18” x 24” x ¾”

Original mixed media painting on canvas

Phoenician Shalom features two prayers for peace but with a twist. I translated the prayers into the written language of the ancient Phoenicians.

The painting was inspired by an image of The Copper Scroll which was found along with the Dead Sea Scrolls. When the scroll was unearthed, it could not be unraveled without being destroyed. So instead, they sliced the sides, cutting strips that could be laid out and read. The painting’s 5 canvas cloth strips represent an ancient deconstructed scroll, painted to resemble tarnished copper.

The strips are sewn onto a textured and painted stretched canvas with the sides painted to match the overall painting. It is signed and dated on the side of the canvas.

I really got a kick out of working with a language that is no longer used and rarely ever seen. Did you know that most of our modern alphabets have their roots in the ancient Phoenician language? The alphabet developed widespread use because of the extensive maritime trade of the times.

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