When Miriam Marcus creates her artwork, she says that she has a great sense of relaxation, calm, and accomplishment. She also gives tremendous pleasure to those who see it.
The 12-year-old sixth grader at Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey, picked up the pen, or the colored marker, about four years ago and has enjoyed creating images, including still lives of fruit and other work.
“Sometimes I get inspired by the pictures that I see online,” said Miriam, the daughter of Debbie and Dr. Robert Marcus, of Teaneck.
In her most recent work, Miriam painted, using acrylics as a medium, a fruit bowl.
The still life was inspired by her imagination and by images from life. It was done in honor of Tu B’Shvat, which also happens to be the birthday of her late, maternal grandfather or Zaide, Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Orlan.
Explained Miriam’s mother, Debbie, her father had survived four years in Auschwitz. He was liberated from Dachau, and even after his horrendous ordeal, he started a Jewish community after the war in Amburg, Germany. The tattoo number that the Nazis branded him with as they attempted to take away the humanity of those in the camps, was B 1877. But when he looked upon it, Rabbi Orlan interpreted it differently. In the true spirit of a survivor who became a thriver, he would tell others that B was for bracha (blessing); 18 for chai (life); and 77 for mazel (luck).
Miriam, who hopes to one day become a pediatrician, says that her current interest in painting fruit goes back a few years ago. For a class project in school, she had to paint the fruit of a state. Her state was Texas. The fruit was a grapefruit.
Miriam has also entered her work in a middle school national art contest whose theme was “Well Connected.” That picture depicted the diversity of humankind with people of all ethnicities holding one another’s hands. It addressed the theme and said, we are different, but as one. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.