Mira Zelechower-Alexsiun, Poland
It is taught that “[the Israelites] stood underneath the mountain.” According to the traditional interpretation of this strange biblical locution, God uproots Mount Sinai from the ground and holds it over the people, stating, “If you accept the Torah, fine; if not, here shall be your grave” (Talmud, Tractate Avodah Zarah, 2b). In reality, Mount Sinai is no different from any other mountain. The mountain I have depicted is ablaze with embers and Moses, arms uplifted, is visible on the heavenly mountain, as well as on the earthly one.
Professional Background Mira Zelechower-Aleksiun graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland in 1966. She has participated in over 80 individual and group exhibitions including the Galeria Kalambur, Wroclaw, and the Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw. Her paintings have been collected by the Vatican Museum and as well as by private collectors in Poland, Europe, and the US.