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Zelig Segal
Creation's Details
Title: To Touch the Light
Year: 2003
Dimensions: 9x26x23cm
Material: Aluminum

My proposal for “Light and Matter” in Judaism relates to the verse, “God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.”(Genesis 1:3) In my work, I wanted to explore the absence of light in the world of the blind person and I wanted to bring him into contact, via touch, with the concept of light. I designed and sculpted six letters in Braille that comprise the words from the verse above; yehi or (let there be light). These two words consist of nine dots, with a total of 18 dots. In their contact with light, the words project columns of matter, a clear shadow on the surface of the base. Light is a prerequisite for the existence of shadow (existent and non-existent in the word of the blind). Viewed from the side, the letters stand and appear to be, perhaps candles, perhaps candlesticks, carriers of the light – almost sacred objects. The connection between light and matter and the connection between the blind individual’s touching of the letters in relief, bring the blind person and us close to the abstract world, to wisdom, to understanding and to knowledge – light via contrast and touch. Light also exists as an object of reflection – like art itself. “In Your light – we will see light” (Psalms 36:10)


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