Judaica papercut artist featured in Parsons alumni exhibition
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Judaica papercut artist featured in Parsons alumni exhibition

“Homeland/Promised Land” by Nancy Schwartz-Katz
“Homeland/Promised Land” by Nancy Schwartz-Katz

A papercut by Nancy Schwartz-Katz, a graduate of the Parsons School of Design, will be featured at the Parsons Alumni Exhibition. The artwork is a six-layer papercut called “Homeland/Promised Land.” Ms. Schwartz-Katz was chosen from more than 600 applicants for a spot in the prestigious showcase. This show features Parsons alumni who are in the top of their artistic fields. The exhibition is open to the public through October 31 at the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries in Manhattan.

“Homeland/Promised Land,” inspired by Ruth Calderon’s 2013 Knesset speech, represents the hope that there might be mutual understanding among all the religious groups in Israel.

In this intricate work, Ms. Schwartz-Katz interprets Ms. Calderon’s telling of the story of Rabbi Rachamie, whose name means “womb.” The word “rachamim,” a derivative of this word, means “empathy.” The root of the two words is “Ramah,” corresponding with 248, which Jewish folklore says is the number of organs in the body.

Ms. Schwartz-Katz’s work is featured at the Brooklyn Art Library and has been commissioned by and featured in a variety of Jewish schools, community centers, and national organizations.

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