These works are based on my experience hiking through the West Bank in 2009 with the Abraham Path Initiative. In Palestine and Israel, competing historical narratives and cultural memories inform almost every aspect of modern life.
The landscape of the Holy Land perhaps carries greater symbolism and significance than any other swath of land. Precisely because it is a landscape endowed with so much meaning for so many, one hopes to find -- despite the complexities of politics, differing worldviews and traditions -- a shared reverence for the land and communal affinity between the three traditions that each originate with Abraham. These traditions are tied to, literally and figuratively, the very same, rocks, trees and hills.
Instead, the land is parsed into cantons, divided by boundaries both real and imagined. I want these works to convey to the viewer a shared landscape that has been divided again and again, creating ever-present physical and emotional scars on the land. I also want to portray the beauty of a land we so often only hear about in terms of blood shed upon it, while reminding us that no matter how many divisions of religion, culture or nationality we construct for ourselves, they are still artificial, and that the common human experience lies beneath all divisions.