Cynthia Beth Rubin
Medievel Plankton and the Four Humors
Thanks to the Oxford Gallery of Rochester NY for inspiring this image. Each year the gallery director, James Hall, comes up with a challenge for the gallery artists. This year he challenged us to work with the theme of the Four Humors.
Because the idea of the Four Humors stems from early medicine, I turned to a Medieval Hebrew Manuscript as a source of inspiration, mixing the motifs of the era with my own captures of plankton. Of particular interest was the way in the plankton became to take on the character of the medieval decorative faces - the same lifelike haunting spirituality of the Middle Ages.
2014 E3 curated by Linda Griggs, Fountain Art Fair, New York, NY
2013 Four Humors: Gallery Artists, Oxford Gallery Rochester NY
Plankton and the War Dead Sea Scroll State 2
Plankton and the War Dead Sea Scrolls is a series of digital imagery that brings together two previously unseen and unknown elements in our world: one, the microscopic life in our waters that form the basis of all life, and the other, hidden texts that may have given rise to some of the important philosophical and spiritual thought of our contemporary culture.
Plankton and the Ancient Hebrew Text State 1
Part of the ongoing series melding plankton and ancient Hebrew manuscripts. With this image I beta the use of fragments of texts, as interesting forms in themselves, as well as holders of words and spiritual longings. Microscopic Plankton were only discovered in the last 100 years, and yet their forms seem to be reflected in the Hebrew Egyptian texts from the 10th or 11th centuries.
Cynthia Beth Rubin ©2016