The Creation Series
Before the B in the Beginning-Before the ב in בראשית
“Creation: The Prequel” The mini-quilt, on the left, only 8 by 10 inches, riffs on the large version that is 4’by 7 feet. The design combines the Kabbalah’s diagram of the the 10 sefirot with images from the some of the oldest light in the universe from the Kobe Space Telescope, and other photos of God’s cosmic handiwork from the Hubble Space Telescope.
According to Kabbalah (Jewish Mysticism), God’s goodness is bestowed upon us by means of 10 emanations. It is not God who changes but the ability to perceive God among the emanations. The diagram is known by several names, The Tree of Life, or Etz haChayim (עץ החיים) in Hebrew, Adam Kadmon, or the Primordial human form, and as the ten sefirot. It is a symbol Jewish mystics use to understand the nature of God and the manner of creation ex nihilo (out of nothing). Kabbalists consider it a”map” of Creation. The large version was exhibited in American Visionary Art Museum, 2008-2009.