The Four Worlds:
Emanation, Creation, Formation and Action

The World of Emanation - Azilut

The five parzufim or spiritual faces of the Kabbalah can be discerned in this work.
Erich Anpin is represented by a large brick. Zeir Anpin and Keter (Crown)
are symbolized by clusters of Hebrew letters. The upside down image of Nukva
correlates to the two brains of Abba and Imma within Zeir Anpin. When the disk
is turned around vigorously the figures turn to a mysterious white.

Oil and tempera on canvas
39 1/2" x 39 1/2" (100 x 100 cm)

The World of Creation - Breeya


In this painting one can discern a large skull in the center whose bone structure
reveal visages from the Throne of Glory. On each side is a cherub with the face
of  a young boy and girl child, who protect and shield the world from the intense light
of the Throne of Glory. Their wings are in the forms of delicate feminine hands,
representing the Shechina, the Divine Presence. Piercing through the Throne
is a beam of white light from the higher worlds containing the orbs of the sephirot
or channels of spiritual influx. At the bottom of the Throne is a representation
of rivers of cold fire, while the top is surrounded by stars. The vision of the skull
represents the supernal brain, as described by the prophets Ezekial and Daniel,
through which knowledge of the world and God is possible. Since everything
supernal has its correspondence in the structure and form of the
human body, this "brain" is also within us.




The World of Formation (Angels) - Yetzira


The horizontal strips of stars divide the painting into four parts.
The seven eyes in the lower half represent the seven angels who observe
the deeds of man. A beam of light divides the painting vertically into two sections
as its passes through the ten echelons of Adam Kadmon, the Primordial Man.
Each echelon has its symbolic meaning and special group of angels. The upper part
of the painting contains the three highest Echelons (Bina, Hachma and Keter)
which are mentalities and as such have no explicit forms. Between them is
the Seat of God, whose center is a stone upon which is written four times
the Hebrew letter Yod. To the right and the left are the two cherubs
with the face of a baby boy and girl. Above them are two archangels.





Triptych: the World of Formation (Angels) - Yetzira

formation trytich

Three paintings of the World of Angels joined together, each in a different style –
abstract(left), figurative (center) and caligraphic(right). The most important of the three
is the abstract which best represents the spiritual energies and light of this realm.

    oil & tempera on canvass


The World of Action - Asiya


There are thirteen concentric rings extending from the center of the painting.
A beam of light from the outer ring penetrates these rings until reaching
the central core where it becomes transformed into an umbilical cord attached
to a female fetus in negative composed of stars. Surrounding this central core which
represents the Element of Earth are the rings of the Elements of Water, Air and Fire.
Around the Four Elements are the Seven Heavens which are the abodes
of the Seven Planets, which are in turn surrounded by the constellations of the Zodiac.
The outer circle, notched with exactly one hundred windows, is the Transcendental
Diurnal ring, which turns all the other rings. The hundred windows are divided
into four sections and in each section the colors gradually change from red to green.
All of the above works were originally designed to be viewed as anaglyphic art which is the unique method of Yael Avi-Yonah. For more information


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