Unique to this series of work – both the constructions and the photographed images work together to reveal deeper insights on the meaning of the Torah form, both the tangible and the intangible. The wire-mesh Torah forms that Kaplan constructed are exhibited with the photographs of the forms and their shadows.
“In 2005 I began creating life-size Torahs in my studio, made of black aluminum screening, and embellishing them in various ways. I photographed them in such a way as to capture the shadows in order to reveal the magic and spirit “inside” the Torahs. Many of these Torahs have a Japanese theme, to honour the bravery of the Japanese consul, Chiune Sugihara, whose visa saved my family by providing us safe passage from Lithuania to Japan and Canada in 1940.” — Nomi Kaplan
Please see www.nomikaplan.ca for the complete Torah Studies exhibit.