Judith without distraction

10 Oct

Even without language, it is easy to understand that Rivka Belareva is immersed in her Yiddish-Russian culture.   Not only does the subject of most of her artwork reflect the interest in that culture, but she frequently sprinkles the background with Hebraic lettering.  And there my knowledge stops, unfortunately.  Because I would love to know what she is saying.

Rivka Belareva, “Yehudi (Judith),” 2009, Pencil, ink, gouache on paper, 29 x 21cm,

But even without understanding Hebrew, it is clear that Belareva is depicting a strong a resolute character.  Her femininity is not the issue, not the subject:  her focus on the goal is reflected in the depiction of her gaze.  She looks forward with determination, she shields her face from the wind or the light or the noise – from whatever could be a distraction.  No worries about hair or gown or hat or maid.  Just Judith and the courage she needs to face the task.

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Posted by on October 10, 2012 in Cacciatore


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