Elena Cateria Doria

Luce rivelatrice

90 x 72 x 2 cm

Ink on cardboard, faux gold leaf

Inspired by the circular movements of the dreidel (or sevivon), the hanukkiah consists of nine disks of different diameters, finely decorated. The light is symbolically represented by the gold color and equally symbolic is the rite of its ignition, obtained by turning upside down the disks one by one, from left to right, thus passing from darkness to the revealing light of truth, knowledge, and creation. The gold acronym ש ה ג נ (Nes Gadol Hayah Sham – “A great miracle happened there”) seems to illuminate an undergrowth rich in life: seeds, mosses, ivy shoots, fruit, and small land, sea, and sky creatures, including a tiny egg ready to hatch. The shamash, whose surface is enriched by a double gilding with scales that recalls the vibrant and vital flicker of a flame.

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