Jewish artist: Emil Shenfeld or the revision of religious objects

Emil Shenfeld or the revision of religious objects

After emigrating from Brazil to Israel in 1978, Emil Shenfeld went from an engineering career to design and art. He opened his studio at the Artists’ Colony in Jerusalem in 1984. Since then he has been revisiting all the secular elements of Jewish tradition to renew them.

Using steel first, the designer transforms the past through new forms. Art is not made for him in order to defabricate fantasy. It does not serve either and simply as a showcase. The artist offers his culture elements of plastic renewal. Manuscripts of the Torah, Menorahs, Mezuzah, etc. are thus “scripted” in a way that leaves no one indifferent.

The artist does not bar himself any route tout by respecting his foundations. Both are part of his creative personality. It is not a question for him of derogating from the Judaic rule but of granting him a formal modernity for the renewal of an initiatory journey.

His art offers the possibility to reconsider human relationships and those that beings maintain with the signs of their belief.

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