“Eco Kosher” Artwork
The idea of “eco kosher” emerged within Jewish Renewal circles, inspired by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. People have begun to ask questions like “Is it kosher to eat something that uses tons of non-renewable resources in packaging + shipping?” or “Is it kosher to use plastic plates that end up in landfills?”. Supporters of the idea of eco-kashrut realize that instead of taking G-d’s gifts for granted, we can live more sustainable lives and be in sync with nature.
I had been incorporating this idea into many aspects of my life beyond eating, and eventually realized that it also needed to merge with my artwork. I have begun using only recycled materials, to create “eco-kosher artwork”. Combining elements from embroidery, painting, quilting, and collage, I’m now creating unique pieces of art that invoke a feeling of divine energy and sacredness. For me, creating artwork is an intensely meditative and spiritual experience, and this feeling is only heightened for me now that I know my artwork is helping instead of harming the planet.
Posted on March 27, 2011, in art, eco kosher, jewish and tagged art, artist, artwork, crafting, earth, eco, eco art, Eco Kosher, energy, environmentalism, fabric, green, jewish art, jewish renewal, jewishness, kosher, meditation, mystical, mysticism, new, rebirth, recycle, recycled art, renewable, renewal, sacred, upcycle. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.