24
Oct
09

Micrography


Micrography, also called microcalligraphy, is a Jewish art form developed in the 9th century, with parallels in Christianity and Islam, utilizing minute Hebrew letters to form representational, geometric and abstract designs. Colored micrography is especially distinctive because these rare artworks are customarily rendered in black and white.

In micrography, the word literally becomes the vision (or image), as thousands upon thousands of Hebrew characters blend and weave together to tell a story. Like the well-known visual art form of photomosaic or phototile images (pioneered by Leon Harmon of Bell Labs in 1973), micrography reveals one thing at close range (a set of words) and another thing (a visual image related to the set of words) at a distance. Whether small words forming a larger picture or small pictures forming a larger picture, this kind of art invites the viewer to make an association between the larger image and the subset of images or words that constitute it

There is a relationship between this form of art, employing both digital and analogic symbols, and the restrictions on images found in the second commandment. Micrography provides a unique solution to the visual artist who wishes to remain devout in observation of Jewish law, which allows God to exist in the word and word only.

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