Shmita: painting a (re)generation
About Arielle Tonkin
About Shmita: painting a (re)generation
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Media submission includes three photographs documenting the artist’s collaborators-in-rest and the painting artifacts that resulted from time spent together talking, singing, relaxing, and reveling in creative rest together. The pulsing heart of this artwork is the in-real-time experience of two hearts connecting and sharing presence together. The painting provides the “frame” for the experience. Jewish agricultural law talks about Pe’ah, or the corners of the fields, and all of the laws associated with sharing crops with those who need. The boundaries of the field, like the boundaries of a canvas, delineate when to grow and when to rest and how to share the fruits of our labors. I am took a shmita year of rest away from teaching in order to replenish the soil and refill the well from which I do all of my work in the world: painting practice, and “making rest” with friends and community members, is my way of dedicating my rest to god, and the result of this prayer together is a trail of paintings, a record of who we are and how we are surviving and thriving in these times. Alina Fox, Adi Aboody, and Ava Sayaka Rosen are the artists, activists, and healers collaborating with Arielle in the first 3 prayerformances, with at least 2 dozen to go!
Media submission includes a 9 minute conversation between Arielle and Alina, a conversation-around-and-about the 2.5 hour prayerformance that resulted in the painted moment you see documented in the cover photo. We talk about how we have spent a decade supporting each other to rest in our creative practices alongside growing up and becoming ourselves. We talk about the cruciality of witness, accompaniment, and chevrutah to mutually support rest over time. Shmita: painting a (re)generation, is a project, but it’s also an ongoing practice. It’s a set of ritual actions to help us keep our fields fertile for decades to come. It’s interdependent, it’s reverent, and it’s fun. We hope you enjoy!