1. Kabbalah and Contemporary Art
Item: Broken Vessels
|Title: ||Broken Vessels|
|Authors: ||Cohen, Mirit|
|Issue Date: ||17-Mar-2005 |
|Abstract: ||Photograph of Mirit Cohen's installation "Broken Vessels". Born 1945, Russia. Immigrated 1948. Studies: 1964-67 High School for Art, Tel Aviv; 1968 Avni Institute, Tel Aviv; 1973-77 School of Visual Arts, New York. Prize: 1994 Prize for Completion of Work. Committed suicide 1990.|
|Description: ||In New York, Cohen studied with educators from Chabad Lubavitch but maintained a secular Jewish identity. Her explorations into Hasidism may have inspired a series of installations entitled Broken Vessels. The work consists of glass shards and finely threaded copper wire. According to Lurianic kabbalah when God created the world, a ray of light burst from a vacuum. God channeled the light via vessels. Some vessels shattered but sparks of light fell along with the broken shards. Thus, it is humanity’s task to restore shards of broken vessels that contain divine sparks of light in order to hasten the coming of the Messiah.|
|Appears in Collections:|| 1. Kabbalah and Contemporary Art|
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