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Cutting Room Floor: Orthodox Pride Art

Zev Levi

I’m always surprised when a piece of art so perfectly represents a person.

Originally, the opening and closing paragraphs of “Orthodox Pride” described a painting by the protagonist, Nadav Schwartz, a man of many seeming contradictions and complications. I love the piece. It’s hanging on my wall. But we cut it. The visual description was too esoteric. The listener would have to hear a description of the art piece and then imagine it, which was too much unnecessary work. But the piece is still a great symbol of his story. And it’s too good to not share. So it’s here.

(Story intro)

Zev Levi (narration): I’m looking at a painting. It looks like someone’s thrown paint, all the colors of the rainbow, in a line down the canvas. Across the colors is a biblical verse. Like the opposite of a stencil, the colors messily drip and splatter around the blank space of the straight-edged letters, which blend into the background. The quote is from the Bible’s opening chapters: “And God said, it is not good for man to be alone. I’ll make for him a helper, counter to him.” The artist is Nadav Schwartz.

Nadav Schwartz: I’m Nadav. I’m 35, originally from Petach Tikvah. I’m living in Jerusalem.

(Story outro)

Zev Levi (narration): I asked Nadav, if he could, what he would tell his 13-year old self. He said, “Don’t get married. You’re not a bad person.”

Sitting by his colorful painting in my house, I marvel at how the words aren’t actually written in anything. They are visible because the chaos of the multicoloured paint splotches makes space for them. In the purity of the underlying page, the words shine through:  “And God said, it is not good for man to be alone. I’ll make for him a helper, counter to him.”

[music posts in the clear]

(c) Nadav Schwartz

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