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Spread #22 -Whose Land Is It Anyway? (Part 1 of 3) September 18, 2008

Posted 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?


1. Lina - September 21, 2008

Happy 22nd aniversary, my dearest Orlitza! I always knew you’ll beat the real time. By reading them all, I wonder if there is a form of meditation where you can listen to your blogs via audio. It sure has this calming effect with a feeling of roots going down and the wings taking you up at the same time. What an insite, what a heart, and what a soul! Where did it all fit 22 blogs ago? No need to answer, I’m enjoing it now.
Loved it, and loved it alot! The only dissapointing thing was that I wasn’t close enough to try your Mamaliga. I loved the Ukrainian version of it (without Kashkaval-=that is Jack’s expertize)but there is definately an echo of my childhood in smells, food, names. I’m truly loving your creativity. Hopefuly will see you soon. Tons of hugs and kisses to all of you.

2. Maya - September 23, 2008

I love how you put the green wonderland-like mountains and lush rolling hills in, accompanied by the crimson and bright yellow houses with sand seeping through —
I am SO looking forward to Part 2 and 3 ❗ ❗ ❗

3. Redcowz - September 28, 2008

I like how the pieces flow into eachother. I love the sand flowing from top to bottom. Its a really nice peice.

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