Jerusalem Artist Explores Ancient Biblical Tribes to Tell Story of Modern Israel
JERUSALEM, Israel – The story of the Jewish people starts with Abraham and eventually grows into
the 12 tribes of biblical Israel. One Jerusalem artist is blending ancient and modern Israel in her work of paintings titled “After the Tribes.”
“So when I researched them, like Zebulun if we go all the way here, Zebulun on the flag, represented them [as] a ship because they were in commerce, so they went offshore. They were sailors,” she explained.
Barkat says the Torah provided them with much understanding and influence.
“They studied the Bible. They actually came up with realizing that the moon starts very thin and goes throughout the month and at the end of the month, it’s big and then it starts thin again and that dynamic of knowing how the moon moves and holidays, Hebrew Jewish holidays – the interaction with religion. They brought that to the table.”
Her word led Barkat to see a connection between the ancient tribes and today’s Jewish state.
“And that’s what’s so special about each tribe…that they had their specialty that they brought to this one whole thing called Israel today.”
While the 12 tribes spread throughout the Promised Land, Jerusalem brought them all together.
“And then they go back to Jerusalem. Oh wow. New ideas, new speculations, new – new spices. So that tapestry of spread out all over is actually what I feel exists today,”
Barkat is married to Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, who has led the city for nearly a decade.
Barkat hopes her work reflects the uniqueness of today’s Israel.
“You can walk around today in Israel and you can taste in the restaurants new, innovative tastes, the way of cooking, the way of hi-tech. Innovative. And that’s the dynamic aspect of what I wanted to create here is that you really feel the dynamic way of living,” she concluded.