A blogger sent me this photo of Jacqueline Nicholls’ art, saying it was too “intense” for her site. The piece looks tame, but contains several layers of meaning.
The artist explains:
It comes from my years experiencing the monthly niddah rituals, checking and preparing to go to the mikveh, while also experiencing fertility problems. The monthly cycle being one of disappointment (sometimes despair), a private grief, and then as it approaches the time of immersion, a week of quietly building hope. Maybe this month it will work, maybe this month I will get pregnant, maybe this month, maybe…. The different ways of writing the text ‘maybe this month’ relate to different emotional states that the monthly hope ‘maybe…’ is whispered. It is embroidered in white on 15 white niddah examination cloths, but sewn together in red.
You can see more of Nicholls’ work on her website, where she “explores traditional Jewish ideas in untraditional ways.”
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