PAINTINGS | Mural of Cycles
Within the circles of our lives
Birth is a Beginning: A Jewish Year is a visual expression of the Jewish festival cycle within a 16' mural. The mural's subject matter was developed and painted by Faigin in 2012 in response to a year-long conversation about the foundations of Judaism, its imagery and metaphorical meaning, with Temple Beth Am's rabbi, Jonathan Singer. The mural frames the major Jewish observances against a panoramic landscape suggestive of the Pacific Northwest. The work depicts four separate, overlapping sequences using both symbolic and descriptive elements - the annual cycle of Jewish holidays and seasons, the cycle of a day from dawn to sunset, the cycle of a life from birth to death, and the history of the Jewish people.
The title is taken from a passage in the prayer book, Gates of Repentance, which begins with, “Birth is a beginning, and death a destination, and life is a journey: from childhood to maturity, and youth to age.” The painting employs representational imagery to interpret tradition in an imaginative and original way, as Reform Judaism looks towards renewal and rediscovery in its interactions with the scriptures.
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>The Jewish Holidays + Seasons
>The Jewish People
Birth is a Beginning: A Jewish Year, Oil on Panel, 40” x 192", was installed at Temple Beth Am in Seattle in October 2012, and unveiled with Rabbi Jonathan Singer presiding. To view a video of the author discussing the process of developing the imagery, followed by the unveiling celebration, please go here.