The Giving Tree
mil wexler kobrinski
About mil wexler kobrinski
Born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, I came to the United States as a small child. While in high school, I concurrently attended classes at the Art Students League, the Brooklyn Museum Art School, and the New School of Social Research in New York City. After high school, I returned to Amsterdam as an apprentice to the artist Jos Rovers. During this time, I also attended classes at the Rijks Academy in Amsterdam. After spending the summer of ’73 in Ein Hod, an artist village in Israel, I ended up living in Israel for nearly three years. In Israel, I became a ceramic painter for Lapid Ceramics in Yafo. Returning to New Jersey, I have taught ceramics and art appreciation at Monmouth University, Brookdale College, and I am currently teaching ceramics at Ocean County College, NJ, as well as painting and ceramic classes in my New Jersey studio.
About The Giving Tree
The Giving TreeThis clay sculpture represents my idea of Shmita. I love the premise of giving back and having the fruits and grains free for all to take. Not only is the land being replenished with rest but the needy are allowed to replenish themselves and take from the fallow fields. I sculpted the hollow tree with vessels on the bark to represent containers of grains and fruits for all to share freely. This mindful act of Shmita is about giving and replenishing. Shmita allows all this to happen, just as Shabbat allows me to rest and replenish my energy to be creative in my art practice. I feel this is very profound and meaningful for my artwork and mindset.