וישלח | Vayishlach

Lynne Avadenka, USA       

Open to this page in the book of Genesis and read: A man, Jacob, a character in conflict, has a strange encounter, a dream; wrestles with an unnamed, unknown presence; survives; wakes in the morning, renewed, permanently injured, and with a sense of purpose. Did it really happen or didn’t it? 

Vayishlach is the story of this man wrestling with something he needs to figure out. It is a metaphor and at the same time it is a real example of internal human struggle. What do you accept and what do you reject? How do you find meaning in life? And is there something larger than you that you want to make part of your life?

 

Relief printing, collage on parchment, 2015

Professional Background  Lynne Avadenka has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Michigan Council for The Arts, the Covenant Foundation, Kresge Arts in Detroit, and the American Academy in Jerusalem. Her work is exhibited and collected internationally. She is the Artistic Director of Signal-Return, a community letterpress print shop in Detroit’s historic Eastern Market District.