Etz Chayim

2012 ArtPrize Entry

The name "Etz Chayim" is Hebrew for "Tree of Life." In the Jewish scriptures the Tree of Life is used as a symbol of unity with God, nature, and each other. In creating all of my artwork I strive for unity with these elements by attempting to create beautiful art crafted from discarded items. This piece was crafted from salvaged wood, paper and discarded books. I have found that in life some of the most striking beauty is found in the discarded and broken things. I strive to mirror that same hope in the art that I create. While the end result should be a thing of aesthetic pleasure, the ultimate goal is always redemption-- something new from the old, something lovely from the rubbish, and in each of us, and in all things, another chance to be made beautiful.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 4in
  • Medium: Mixed Media
  • Width: 2
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 4

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Venue Considerations
  • Special Lighting needed: No
  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: Yes
  • Outdoor Space needed: No
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: No

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