Genisa, 9 + 6 (Tet Vav)

Unique: 2000/2002
Computer generated text and images on Dobbin Mill papers, mica, board
8″ x 8″ x 8″


This particular Genisa, 9 + 6 (Tet Vav), has numerous ‘windows’ of mica through which the viewer can look within to see G-d’s name. Inside, where there normally would be detritus are four small cubes, four referring to the Hebrew title Tetra-grammaton or unpronounceable name we call Jehovah. On their facets is a text about the numerical significance of the Hebrew language that must be rolled like dice to be read.

9 + 6 (Tet Vav) was originally made in 2000 and then altered 2 years later, with the addition of collage texts that reproduce the number estimates of dead and missing that were published in the New York Times in the first months after 9/11.