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Contemplating Lilith

I worked this image up from several others, a woodblock image, and a plastered wall. The figures are all my wife, Belinda Broughton, but taken several years apart. In the full figure she is performing Lilith. Lilith is a very interesting goddess demon who is portrayed in some myths as being Adam's first wife and in others as a protector of children. In yet other myths she eats children. Take your pick, but she is feisty and strong and she is certainly not subservient to males!

Belinda also has several poems about Lilith which you can read on her blog. The Trouble for Lilith is about her relationship with babies, while Grudges is a more fleshed out poem about her being Adam's first wife and the ensuing issues she had with God.

Hope you enjoy my take on Lilith. She is a very interesting subject matter for me.

Also, if you missed it, I have a Video Wall on this site. It includes short videos about my art, collaborations with my wife, and some art videos by David Salomon about my life and Belinda's poems about me. Go and have a look!

(sorry this image is here twice, it's so Facebook doesn't hash it up when I share it.

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Ervin Prepares For a Woodblock Print

by Belinda

Today Ervin took some photos of my shadow for a woodblock he is working on. First we went to pick up Erma from the Woollen Mills Museum exhibition where she had been doing a spot of modelling. I have an interesting relationship with Erma. I'll do a blog post on her sometime. I took this pic because of the way he's holding her!

Back in the studio he used Erma to help him set up for the shoot. She is much more patient than me.

Here he is telling me the angles and the pose. The light source is his digital projector, hence the blue light, and there are lots of other light sources and secondary shadows, but he is only interested in the shape.

I'll post some more as this print proceeds. But in the meantime, here is Erma looking elegant. He took this photo. I wonder what he'll do with it.


Ervin talks about creating his Minikin series using photography projection and mixed media.


In this very frank and open interview, Ervin Janek talks about his curiosity, his spirituality and the quest to discover why humankind do what they do. His art and work are an expression of his experience of a war torn Eastern Europe and eventually fining peace in a country far away.

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