susan c. dessel

Detail, "WHEN..."
2019
Wood panel, archival ink.
12"x6"x1"

Imagining Utopia in this dark moment in history, I combined text to create an image of a majestic Baobab, or Tree of Life. The Baobab, impressive in size and longevity, is valued for its fruit and bark which humans and animals use for survival. This image, composed of the word dignity, is framed by a phrase which reflects my current vision of Utopia:
“when all jeering stops and evil evaporates,
when the reign of violence vanishes from Earth”
(from Mahzor Lev Shalem, Rabbinical Assembly)