Summer Mother Eden I
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Flashe on canvas | 2021
As a neonatal intensive care nurse and board certified nurse practitioner, Garber’s day-to-day experiences imbue her work with a strong sense of focus on feminine energy and ideology in relation to societal attitudes on nurturing, spirituality, science, and medicine. Drawing inspiration from her Yemenite Jewish heritage, the paintings as part of her series, Gardens, depict the mystic and fertile women of a fictional ancient utopian society, set within an idyllic Garden of Eden that is abundant with fertility and lush vegetation. Painted while in the midst of battling the COVID-19 pandemic, Garber sought refuge through these works (which were often painted at night after a long shift at the hospital) that center on the principles of nurturing and motherhood through rebirth, rejuvenation of the earth, and renewal of the environment.
“The way we look to a distant constellation That's dying in a corner of the sky
These are the days of miracle and wonder
And don't cry, baby, don't cry”
– Paul Simon (The Boy in The Bubble, 1986)
16 x 20 inches
Signed by the artist.
Helen Rebekah Garber
Helen Rebekah Garber's figurative paintings and geometric drawings have been exhibited in museums and galleries across the U.S. and internationally, including Torrence Art Museum, Zona MACO (Mexico City), Santa Monica Museum of Art and the Laguna Art Museum. Her practice revolves around ideas of feminist ideology in relation to societal attitudes on nurturing, spirituality, science and medicine. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, New American Paintings, Vice Media and the LA Times.
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