Collection: The Rome Collection : Where do we Come From?

I felt that now was the time for my Rome Collection to be unveiled to the world. With all the extra time that Covid-19 has given us to ponder life, a piece of art filled with so many layers of meaning and depth will help instigate new thought patterns.

The Rome Collection is comprised of 10 paintings and created from resin, pigment, glass, rock, mica powder, paint, glitter, ink and silicone.

 
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My visit to the city of Rome in Italy surprised, shocked and energised me in ways I could never imagine. I had never witnessed a city so similar to Jerusalem before.
Each cobble stone held a story, each rock, each massive boulder. Jerusalem is known as the City of Gold yet here before me was Rome, another city of gold. There were so many similarities, and the influence of Rome on Jerusalem and vice versa was apparent. The Vatican City gave me the most food for thought. The walls were filled with Jewish motifs and Hebrew text and stars of David were everywhere.

There was so much cross over between Jewish culture and Rome that it got me thinking. How are people impacted by their history? What imprints are made that can last generations?


I got back to London and started researching. I read excepts from Jewish books, from Sefarim and ancient texts. I read history books notably Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations by Martin Goodman.

My trip to Rome gave me the opportunity to explore the complicated concept of "Where do we come from?" Is the Jerusalem stone that I know and love a concept created in Israel or was there an earlier influence? Why did Rome remind me of Jerusalem? And which city influenced the other?

More broadly, how are our lives influenced by other cultures? And getting deeper, how do we as individuals shape other people's lives with our every day actions?

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And so my Rome Collection was born. I painted Jerusalem but from the viewpoint of a Roman. I painted the eastern inspired Hamsa thinking about Western Medicine. I painted the seas that both divide and unite Rome and Jerusalem. I painted flowers that would exist in both cities. I painted and I painted and I delved into this concept and I painted some more. I ended up with more questions than answers. But that is ok. The concept of Identity is so complex that I don't intend to resolve it with just one collection. But I started and I am proud of the 10 pieces that manifested from this study.


My paintings have been influenced by the differences and similarities between the two cultures. Because the cultures of Jerusalem and Rome crash, collide and intercept throughout the centuries. To the historians amongst us, for Rome and Jerusalem to have so many similarities is no coincidence. It all started when in 63 BCE, the Roman conqueror Pompey the Great captured Jerusalem.
The Jews and Romans lived in peace throughout influencing each other's cultures and King Herod reigned for over 30 years, further bringing Roman ideas and architecture into the region. In 70 CE, the Second Jewish Temple was destroyed and Jews were scattered between Rome and Jerusalem further spreading their religion and culture.
 



The Jewish historian Josephus records the conqueror Titus's parade through Rome featuring Torah scrolls and sacred objects. This triumphant procession was later carved onto the Arch of Titus to commemorate. And as I stood under that Arch, gazing up at the carving, I could really feel the two cultures again; so much in common yet so much clashing.

I record the last cultural intersections for completeness. In 129 CE, Emperor Hadrian planted a Roman city, Aelia Capitolina, on the site of Jerusalem's old city. The remaining Jews were none too pleased, leading to the Bar Kohba Revolt which definitively banished the Jewish population from the city. Under the Crusaders, again Christian influence was injected into the city and "The Kingdom of Jerusalem" lasted from 1099 to 1187.


I hope that you, my Collectors will look at these pieces and feel the challenge, the questions, the conflict and the unity that came from painting this collection. I hope by having these paintings on your wall that you will gain inspiration and feel empowered to create beautiful futures for yourselves. Who are we and where do we come from? Let's discover and walk this journey together.
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  • #1 The Water saw it all - Original Painting
    #1 The Water saw it all - Original Painting
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  • #2 The Yud - Vav - Original Painting
    #2 The Yud - Vav - Original Painting
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  • #3 Dead Flowers Blooming once again - Original Painting
    #3 Dead Flowers Blooming once again - Original Painting
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  • #4 Streets of the Old City - Original Painting
    #4 Streets of the Old City - Original Painting
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  • #5 The Crown Jewels discarded - Original Painting
    #5 The Crown Jewels discarded - Original Painting
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  • #6 Torah Scroll The Protector - Original Painting
    #6 Torah Scroll The Protector  - Original Painting
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  • #7 The country in the middle of the Globe - Original Painting
    #7 The country in the middle of the Globe - Original Painting
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  • #8 The Temple of Herod - Original Painting
    #8 The Temple of Herod - Original Painting
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  • #9 Blow the Shofar - Original Painting
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  • #10 Eastern 'Medicine" meets West - Original Painting
    #10 Eastern 'Medicine
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