Balance

Balance has been purchased.

On loan from the collector, it was selected for the exhibit, Sacred Voices, at the Canton Ohio Museum of Art December 2013-February 2014.

Balance illustrates the Jewish and Muslim principle that the divine polar attributes of God must be balanced by beauty to prevent evil from entering the world. According to the Jewish Kaballah, if the attributes that represent swift judgment and power are not balanced by compassion, sitra archa, the other side, enters the world.

The (9) 12” x 12” canvases are numbered left to right and described below.

Each canvas illuminates a similar concept inthe Islamic and Judeo-Christian traditions:
that Harmony and Beauty balance the two polar attributes of the Divine:
Judgement and Compassion,
Canvas 1

Jewish Prayer to YWH ‘The prayer is addressed to ‘Ao Harhamim. The Hebrew ‘word means “compassion.” Itis formed from the trilateral root,
RHM om ‘The root means “womb.” ‘Tobe precise, the prayer is to the “motherly father” ‘The opening words of the prayer are identical to the Islamic Bismillah

Canvas 3

Musi Prayer to Alla ‘The prayer known as Bismillah is the Arabic phrase that begins every prayer and almost every verse of the Quran. It appeals to Al-Rahicm, the Divine Compassionate One. ‘The trilateral root,
RHM eco
is the same as the Hebrew oot.

Canvas 5

The Rose
‘The Greek letter phi represents the Golden Mean. The Hebrew letter
av is the symbol for the sefrot of Tiferet in the Jewish Kaballah.

Canvas 7

The Arrows
‘The arrows metaphorically depict divine attributes of power and udgment. In Islam the attribute is
Jalal I
‘meaning majesty, power, and judgment. In Judaism the attribute is eourah, ‘meaning power, judgment. ‘The attributes refer to power that is swift, decisive, but not inclusive or ‘compassionate.
Judgement and Compassion,

Canvas 9

The Ocean Waves
‘The waves represent the sea, womb of al life, and the divine attribute of
compassion that knows no bounds.
Islamic- Jamal Jee
beauty, mercy.
Jewish- Hesed-loving
kindness

Canvas 2

The Sunflower
All of the central canvases represent the Divine attribute of beauty and harmony. The sunflower embodies the harmony inherent in the creation, described as long ago as Pythagoras as the Golden Mean, the mathematical proportion 1.618 or pi.

Canvas 4

An Islamic Tile ‘The pattern of interlacing lines alludes to a primary
attribute of Allah,
AlWahid sal!
‘meaning “The One, the All Inclusive, the Indivisible.”

Canvas 6

The Star of David
This Mesopotamian fertility symbol was adopted for King David’s shield. The two Hebrew letters are Binal, the womb or divine ‘mother, and Hokmai, the point or seed that is received by the divine mother.

Canvas 8

‘The Chambered Nautilus
‘The sunflower, the rose, and the chambered nautilus represent the harmonious proportions of the Golden Mean. According to the Jewish Kabbalah, evil enters the world when power is, not balanced with love.
Harmony and Beauty mediate the balance.