Embroidered Liturgy Series — TAMID (Eternal) By Leor Grady

Embroidered Liturgy Series — TAMID (Eternal) By Leor Grady

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In this work, the Hebrew word “Tamid”—Eternal—is embroidered at the center of the white paper, in the font typically associated with sacred texts. The word, amplified by Grady, brings to light its multiple meanings and opens vast spaces for reflection. The convergence of the artist’s razor-sharp minimalism with the traditionally Mizrahi art of golden embroidery takes apart the conventional distinction between binary categories: modern and traditional, secular and religious, craft and art: ancient traditional craft is reframed in the context of modern artistic discourse.

Materials: Gold thread on paper
Dimensions: 11.8/15.7 in

In this work, the Hebrew word “Tamid”—Eternal—is embroidered at the center of the white paper, in the font typically associated with sacred texts. The word, amplified by Grady, brings to light its multiple meanings and opens vast spaces for reflection.

This work is part of Grady’s series of works of Jewish liturgy, in which he uses gold thread to embroider Hebrew words and symbols from the sacred texts onto thick white paper. The word, singular and echoing with meaning to anyone familiar with Jewish texts and traditions, is manifested in a minimal form that nevertheless conveys much. The golden word, painstakingly embroidered by hand, creates a sacred space, imbuing the serene, vast silence of the white canvas with the golden light and the soul of the Word—a space that is private yet shared by all observant Jews.

The convergence of the artist’s razor-sharp minimalism with the traditionally Mizrahi art of golden embroidery takes apart the conventional distinction between binary categories: modern and traditional, secular and religious, craft and art: ancient traditional craft is reframed in the context of modern artistic discourse.

Leor Grady

Leor Grady is an Israeli-born visual artist, living and working in Tel Aviv. Working in a wide range of media—from sculpture, video, and drawing to traditional materials and techniques such as gold, embroidery, and even olive oil—Grady subversively repositions everyday objects, concepts and experiences, imbuing them with poetic meaning. His works explore themes of home and identity politics, intertwining text, language, and tradition while addressing his traditional Yemeni heritage roots from within the context of contemporary artistic discourse.
Read more about Leor here.