Black Torah

Black Torah, 2003 / Unique / Graphite on burnt Dobbin Mill flax paper, bobbin, wood

Size: 132” x 6” (unrolled)

On loan from the Mary Austin Collection

Much of my work focused on the image of text based on a Kabalistic belief, which explains that two holy books were actually handed down: the Black Torah and the White Torah.  The Black one is made of all the black letters while the White Torah is made up of all the space between them - between the words and between the letters  -- where the Kabalists believed true wisdom could be found. With this in mind, I wrote a text on the idea of the Kabalistic Black Torah on a long pulp sprayed scroll, then burnt it out, adding commentary, written in graphite.

Photography: Charley Byrne