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Inna Rogatchi
War & Humanity Special Project

Fine arts: Bereishit illustrated. Part I

Inna Rogatchi (C). LIGHT SOLO. Watercolour, wax pastel, oil pastel, Neopastel, Luminance Caran d'Ache, encre l'alcool, perle de jaune, pigment of gold on authored original pigment print on cotton paper mounted on board. 60 x 80 cm. 2022.
Inna Rogatchi (C). Light Solo. Bereishit Visualised. 2022.

CREATION  EPISODES IN PICTURES

Part I of II

Inna Rogatchi (C). LIGHT SOLO. Watercolour, wax pastel, oil pastel, Neopastel, Luminance Caran d’Ache, encre l’alcool, perle de jaune, pigment of gold on authored original pigment print on cotton paper mounted on board. 60 x 80 cm. 2022.

What to imagine while visualising the Creation?

There are endless efforts of artistic imagination of Bereishit, from Renaissance  masters (and before), through Chagall’s Bible series, until intent simplicity of Barnett Newman who did address the process of Creation on his abstract canvases , and engaging harmony of Nehemia Azaz in his splendid stained-glass windows at the Western Marble Arch Synagogue in London.  

While working on my BEREISHIT ILLUSTRATED series which is a process in making from 2020 onward, I wanted to be as close to the principal source and some important commentaries as possible, and at the same time to bring some new perspectives into visualizing the Bereishit, the process of Creation. 

Previously, in my series on Jewish mysticism, I dealt with pre-Creation matters, such as Primordial elements. I understood its scope and magic, thus the prerequisite for me to immerse into the Bereishit as such was fulfilled. 

There are two ways to deal with Bereishit for an artist: either to reflect on the text directly, as one feels and imagines things, or to get into the studies of this most commented in history, the first parsha (chapter) of the Torah, before processing it into one’s own creations and visualization. 

The tricky thing with the second option is that there are many extraordinary commentaries of the Torah in general, and of the Bereishit in particular. And it is always a subjective, highly individual choice. 

In my case, having Rashi’s commentary as an ever-present basic, during a few years I was diligently studying, among the other sources, also Baal Haturim’s classic Torah commentary, Harav Isaac Luriah, Ari’s theory via its great Chaim Vital’s narrative, deep thoughts and unique approach of our great contemporary Rav Yitzhak Ginsburgh, and the brilliant organic teaching of incredible Rabbi Yosef Soloveitchik

Interestingly, not much came out in my project visualizing Bereishit during my studies. It is as if a creative faculty was sort of waiting for the intellectual processing to be done. 

When it happened – and to the best of my experience, these things are not controllable or to be programmed, they develop according to their own schedule  – the images of my BEREISHIT VISUALIzED series started to appear at a rather vivid pace. 

Trying to analyze my subjective visualization of the Creation, I came to the conclusion that as an artist, after all my studies of the Bereishit as a discipline, so to say, I was interested to imagine and to reflect artistically the process of that or another act of the Creation, its inner dynamic. Also, and newly for me, I became very interested in trying to imagine the substances for the phenomena created before the very act of the Creation was carried on. 

My images are thus quite subjective, as is the understanding of everyone of us of what was happening during that pivotal Bereishit moment in the history of life on the Earth which has programmed the rest of it, both metaphysically and literally. 

As Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year 5783, approaches, I thought to share some of the artworks from my BEREISHIT VISUALIZED series with my readers, and to wish you all a good, healthy and peaceful New Year 5783 to come. 

Inna Rogatchi ©. BEREISHIT VISUALIZED. Selected Works:

Inna Rogatchi (C). Creation of Water I. Water Above the Firmament. Day II of the Creation. Watercolour, wax pastel, oil pastel, Neopastel, Luminance Caran d’Ache, encree l’alcool on authored original pigment print on cotton mounted on board. 70 x 90 cm. 2022. Smaller original prototype: Private collection, Austria.

 

Inna Rogatchi (C). Creation of Heavens: Pre-Condition. Substance of Heavens. Day II of the Creation. Watercolour, wax pastel, oil pastel, Neopastel, Luminance Caran ‘Ache, encre d’alcool, perle de blanc on authored original pigment print on cotton paper mounted on board. 80 x 100 cm. 2022.

 

Inna Rogatchi (C). Creation of Heavens I. Day II of the Creation. Watercolour, oil pastel, wax pastel, Luminance Caran d’Ache, encre l’alcool, perle de blanc on authored original pigment print on cotton paper mounted on board. 70 x 90 cm. 2022

 

Inna Rogatchi (C). Separation Between Firmament and Heavens. Day II of the Creation. Watercolour, oil pastel, wax pastel, Neopastel, encre l’alcool, Luminance Caran d’Ache, perle de jaune, perle de bleu on authored original pigment print on cotton paper mounted on board. 70 x 90 cm. 2022.

 

Inna Rogatchi (C). Creation of Dry Land. Day III of the Creation. Watercolour, oil pastel, wax pastel, Luminance Caran d’Ache, encre l’alcool, perle de blanc on authored original pigment print on cotton paper mounted on board. 70 x 90 cm. 2022.

 

Inna Rogatchi (C). Creation of Seas I. Day III of the Creation. Watercolour, oil pastel, wax pastel, Caran d’Ache Luminance, Neopastel, encre l’alcool, perle de blanc on original authored pigment print on cotton paper mounted on board. 70 x 90 cm. 2022.

 

Inna Rogatchi (C). Creation of Plants. Day III of the Creation. Watercolour, wax pastel, oil pastel, Luminance Caran d’Ache,Neopastel,  perle de blanc, perle de vert on authored original pigment print on cotton paper mounted on board. 70 x 90 cm. 2022

 

Inna Rogatchi (C). Creation of Trees I. Day III of the Creation. Watercolour, oil pastel, wax pastel, Caran d’Ache Luminance, encre l’alcool, perle de blanc, perle de bleu on original authored pigment print on cotton paper mounted on board. 80 x 60 cm. 2022. The work’s image is licensed to be used at the art exposition at the forthcoming open-air Memorial the Holocaust Garden of Hope at the Kingswood, Texas, the USA.

 

Inna Rogatchi (C). Creation of Herbage. Day III of the Creation. Watercolour, wax pastel, oil pastel , Neopastel, Caran d’Ache Luminance, perle de blanc on original authored pigment print on cotton paper mounted on board. 60 x 80 cm. 2022

Inna Rogatchi (C) 2020-2022 –

About the Author
Inna Rogatchi is author of War & Humanity special project originated in the aftermath of the October 7th, 2023 massacre in Israel. Inna is internationally acclaimed public figure, writer, scholar, artist, art curator and film-maker, the author of widely prized film on Simon Wiesenthal: The Lessons of Survival and other important documentaries on modern history. She is an expert on public diplomacy and was a long-term international affairs adviser for the Members of the European Parliament. She lectures on the topics of international politics and public diplomacy widely. Her professional trade-mark is inter-weave of history, arts, culture and mentality. She is the author of the concept of the Outreach to Humanity cultural and educational projects conducted internationally by The Rogatchi Foundation of which Inna is the co-founder and President. She is also the author of Culture for Humanity concept of The Rogatchi Foundation global initiative that aims to provide psychological comfort to wide audiences by the means of high-class arts and culture in challenging times. Inna is the wife of the world renowned artist Michael Rogatchi. Her family is related to the famous Rose-Mahler musical dynasty. Together with her husband, Inna is a founding member of Music, Art and Memory international cultural educational and commemorative initiative with a multiply projects in several countries. Her professional interests are focused on Jewish heritage, arts and culture, history, Holocaust and post-Holocaust. She is author of several projects on artistic and intellectual studies on various aspect of the Torah and Jewish spiritual heritage. She is twice laureate of the Italian Il Volo di Pegaso Italian National Art, Literature and Music Award, the Patmos Solidarity Award, and the New York Jewish Children's Museum Award for Outstanding Contribution into the Arts and Culture (together with her husband). Inna Rogatchi was the member of the Board of the Finnish National Holocaust Remembrance Association and is member of the International Advisory Board of The Rumbula Memorial Project ( USA). Her art can be seen at Silver Strings: Inna Rogatchi Art site - www.innarogatchiart.com
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