Miriam

Miriam

  • 2021
  • Ceramic Sculpture
  • Description

    This is Miriam, named after the Hebrew prophetess and older sister of Moses. She played an instrumental role in the liberation of my ancestors from enslavement. According to tradition, it was she who convinced her parents to have a child, in spite of the decree that all male Hebrew babies would be killed. It was she who followed Moses among the reeds of the Nile to ensure his safety. It was she who boldly approached Pharaoh's daughter and recommended her mother to nurse Moses. It was she who led the women with song and dance through the parted waters of the Red Sea. It was she who was commanded to enter the sacred space of the Tabernacle (the only woman known to have done so). When she died, it is said that the waters in the desert dried up. Because of Miriam's mystical connection to water, of course this vessel holds water. And I gave it a thick layer of clear glaze, so the surface looks appropriately wet.