THE THIN VEIL
12 3/4" W x 25 3/4" H x 2" D Each
Red Elm, Walnut
The Thin Veil is composed of Red Elm from a tree which grew in the Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue cemetery in Charleston, South Carolina: the oldest surviving Jewish cemetery in the American South. The synagogue’s congregation building is the second oldest in continuous use in America. Undermining vital restoration work on the cemetery grounds, the Elm’s removal was regrettably necessary. Thanks to the community, this tree's service has not ended at offering shade and reflection within the cemetery's hallowed walls for generations.
Referencing the fine line between life and death—illustrated by both the thinness of the shadow-casting, live-edged Elm panel as well as the negative space surrounding it—The Thin Veil is framed in beveled Walnut. This piece, a single board divided and re-framed in a new context, is an homage to all this Elm absorbed and remembers.
Edition 1 of 3 pairs.