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About the Image

Collaged letterpress prints in beige and peach colors“You Are As You Are — Blessed” (original pictured here) is my response to the Hebrew version of Marcia Falk’s poem “Blessing the Children.” I chose the letter bet as a geometric motif to create a map-like composition, because bet is the first letter of the words bat (girl), ben (boy) and bracha (blessing). This was inspired by Falk’s inclusion of the passage from Zachariah 8:5, “The squares of the city will be filled with boys and girls playing.” In my piece, the words themselves scatter across the map as though playing in the streets. The right panel is devoted to the blessing for a girl, the left one to the blessing for a boy, and the center is a nonbinary version. The first two are from Falk’s original text, while the latter is my own creation. The words that share the root for “blessed” are repeated throughout, presenting a kind of visual mantra. --Milcah Bassel