As a slew of Jewish holidays this month highlight spiritual renewal, I've been considering the concept as it relates to the home. For thousands of years, many Jewish (and today even not Jewish) homes have marked their entryway with a mezuzah— a little decorative box that encases a parchment-scribed blessing and is mounted to the top of a door frame. One of the most intriguing re-designs of this ancient concept is found in the handmade work of Tel Aviv artist Talila Abraham.Unlike traditional versions, which generally range from classic heavy-handed, cast silver pieces to more playful plastic models, Abraham's works are handcrafted in laser-cut stainless steel; they thereby exhibit a contemporary feel. Yet, the patterns that Abraham cuts into the steel are modeled on antique hand-sewn lace. It is this balance of old and new that creates a fresh and gorgeous take on an ancient tradition.
Abraham also translates her meaningful technique and material to other objects for the home, many of which— such as her honey dish, apple bowl and small pomegranate sculpture— are particularly noteworthy right now as this marks the first full week of the Jewish New Year. And as with her signature mezuzah, she imbues these items with an equally potent sense of a spiritual connection between past and present.
Find It: Metalace Art, starting at $120 at metalaceart.com