Join us on Wednesday, January 18, at 7 PM to speak with digital artist Cynthia Beth Rubin! Rubin’s work flows across many forms of new media, including prints, videos, and interactive works. Based in New Haven, her studio practice extends from New York City to Rhode Island and beyond. As an early adopter of digital imaging, Rubin transitioned away from drawing and painting in the early 1980’s. Recently, Rubin has been experimenting with combining plankton with medieval Hebrew Manuscripts. This work is inspired both by a residency in the Menden-Deuer lab at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography and research she undertook in the late 1980s exploring the motifs of cultural distinction in a tradition of ongoing commentary, reinterpretation, and embellishment. Rubin considers how the unknown meanings implied in the layered text interrelate with the unknown in science, as well as the similarities in pattern and form between microscopic life and decorative patterns developed hundreds of years ago.
The Judaica Project series is a collaboration with the Peter C. Hereld House for Jewish Life at Quinnipiac University and is made possible by a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven.