Spread #22 -Whose Land Is It Anyway? (Part 1 of 3) September 18, 2008Posted by Orly in Uncategorized.
This is part 1 of 3 in a triptych (art consists of 3 panels, intended to be appreciated together) exploring the relation between man and land. To demonstrate the universal problematic and painful nature of this question through images, textures, colors, and text, I chose two geographical places of our planet, which represent places of my heart as well. One, my land of origin, Israel, whose people’s beauty & pain, and mystical plains lie deeply in my soul, and Guatemala, whose magical inhabitants and rain-saturated, majestic mountains profoundly touch my heart. These two countries, although in opposite ends of the globe, hold striking similarities of human experience and the history of their tormented land. I believe it is safe to say that if you were to close your eyes, hold your pointing finger up towards a turning globe, you’ll undoubtedly land on a land where weeping valleys, rivers, deserts, and rain forests tell an amazingly familiar story of lost tribes and civilizations, vanishing cultures and languages, and of forgotten and abandoned souls. So…whose land is it anyway? Can land belong to someone and not to another? Is land a gift given to us to nourish and secure our bodies, spirits, and senses? Do we own the land, or it, us? Are we capable of sharing it? Is your land truly my land and mine, yours? And if so why don’t I feel it?