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The Wall of Hopes and Fears


My long time readers know that one of the most profound experiences in Israel was seeing the barrier wall that cordons off the West Bank from Jerusalem. There is a lot of art and graffiti on the Palestinian side and hardly any on the Israeli side. The wall has become a place for the Palestinians and visitors to share their hopes and fears. I have taken many of these images and some of my own to create my version of the wall. Click on it to read the different writings.

I had a bit of a disaster. I wanted to do the peace symbol in the colors of the Palestinian flag. I did cut the symbol from freezer paper and ironed it to a silk screen and did a test print. But when I printed on the actual piece, I didn’t get much of an image at all and then I couldn’t line it up to reprint. I decided to use a brush and give it the look of handpainted graffiti. I even added the drips. I was afraid I had ruined the piece, but I think it is going to work. I think I need to add some more red on the other side to balance the color. I also screened the coexist sign and a Hand of Fatima which is a symbol worn in the middle east by progressive people who see this as a symbol that is part of both the Islamic and Jewish religions. One of the members of our group called the wall  ..the wall of not letting out just keeping in…

On another note, I found my way to Eva Marie’s blog: My Creative Diary – Colourful Research. She has done what I wanted to do, created the Non-award Award. She gives permission to steal it for your own blog which I have done. It is in my sidebar. If you click on it, you will go to her post about blog awards. I loved it.

At 7:30 pm, my show postcards were finally delivered by UPS. I am going to try to get them in the mail tomorrow.

4 Responses to “The Wall of Hopes and Fears”

  1. Cindy says:

    I think the piece works wonderfully. The peace sign is fantastic. I see the tears of those Palestinians wishing for peace in those drips! I see the tears of the mothers who have lost their children.

    I wish I could see your show in person. It’s been great to watch it evolve on your blog! I visited Israel in the 80s, just months before the first Intifada started so your trip and the work you’ve created have been fascinating for me!

  2. karoda says:

    Graffiti is just the ultimate in urban signage and communication! The layers work for me!

  3. Judy says:

    I really do love this piece….when I enlarged it, it really spoke to me. And I agree with Dale Anne: the peace sign does fit right in, drips and all.

    There is even more of a story behind Eva Marie’s Non-award Award than you know. Sometime when you have more time (definitely not now), we’ll talk! LOL I adore Eva and all that she stands for!


  4. Dale Anne says:

    I don’t think your peace sign is a disaster – its graffiti and fits right in.
    I sure would LOVE to see your exhibition in person, it will be AMAZING!
    And, with all that’s going on there right now – very powerful (at least I think so).