Friday, December 17, 2010


This entry marks the moment when I first created this blog, and all entries past and future emanate from this point.  The image is of what I consider to be my self-portrait, "Golem" from 2006.  It is a slide transparency that can be and has been projected at various scales.  The title, and text on my forehead, is taken from the story of the Golem from Prague, a kind of Frankenstein monster created by a rabbi out of mud and brought to life.  To deactivate the Golem, the rabbi rubbed out the first letter of the word "emet," meaning truth or reality, from the creature's forehead, leaving the Hebrew word "met," meaning dead.  The midrash explains that "emet" is made up of the first, middle, and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet (Aleph, Mem, and Tav: אמת).  Thus, truth is all-encompassing.

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