Detroit-based printmaker and book artist Lynne Avadenka, whose previous projects have dealt with Hebrew and Arabic typography, exhibited recent works this week at the Jerusalem Print Workshop in the city’s Musrara neighborhood. The works are a culmination of her fellowship at the American Academy in Jerusalem.
“I’d originally considered a project connected to the names Joseph and Yussef, but that narrative didn’t find its way into the work,” said Avadenka, who has been in Israel since late October. “Yet the aspects on the periphery of that narrative have entered: For example, the combination of Hebrew and Arabic, making them do some kind of dance on the page.”
Having arrived in Israel, Avadenka found herself making monotypes, using a printing technique in which the artist draws on a metal plate and uses a printing press to transfer that image onto paper. At a used bookstore, she found an old Arabic algebra book. After some research she discovered the word algebra originated from the Arabic al-jabr, or “the reunion of broken parts,” and began to cut out some of the terms to incorporate them into her prints.