Fielding Graduate University
The (In)humanity Triptych:
An Afternoon of Art and Conversation with Fielding faculty member
Sanford Drob, PhD
Wednesday, July 17 | 4 - 6 pm
Alexandria Mark Hotel
5000 Seminary Rd Alexandria, VA 22311
I believe that after the Holocaust we can no longer read biblical narratives as the archetypes of Jewish and human experience. The 'revelations' of the Torah and other biblical books have been supplemented, if not superseded, by the events of the twentieth century. A new “negative revelation” prompts us to reconsider and re-signify the narratives of our biblical heritage. The paintings, “The Expulsion,” “The Sacrifice” and “The Accusation,” together comprising The (In)humanity Triptych reflect my efforts at such resignification. In these paintings I have re-read three biblical narratives, the Expulsion of Adam and Eve from the garden, Noah’s Sacrifice, and Esther's confrontation with Haman, through the lens of the Holocaust.
The process through which these paintings developed was not consciously planned and directed. I originally set out to paint a standard “Expulsion,” but in the course of my work on the painting Adam and Eve seemed horrified rather than ashamed and an un-willed “dialog” ensued between myself and the figures. This dialog, which extended into my dreams, resulted in the three paintings as they are presented here. My own understanding of these paintings continues to develop and I invite discussion about them and their subject matter.
|The Expulsion, Oil on linen 28" x 32"|
A review which discusses this painting at some length appeared in the Jewish Forward in December, 2016: