Rachel Hammerman is a visual artist who is “on a forever mission to capture the intricacies which give us pause and presence; the things that hold us immediately in a smile, and those which echo something deeper within.” She studied studio art and religion at Mount Holyoke College, and completed a year course in painting and drawing at The Slade School of Art at The University College of London. She is greatly influenced by old master drawings, long-winded rants, and by the drive to arrest a thousand moments and call them only one. Rachel’s art was recently exhibited at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA, where she showed her series, Sixteen Million Lines in Search of a Horizon [Accompanied by the Unsolicited but Sharp Elbowed Manuscript: ‘Thread Count’]. The series was comprised of sixteen autonomous images arranged so that the titles beneath each piece threaded together to form a single poem.
How You Can Work Together
Rachel’s art-making process itself is solitary, but she does host an annual open studio (COVID years notwithstanding) in her home as part of Roslindale Open Studios, where anyone can come visit her mezuzot, drawings, and sculptures.
Rachel’s Work with JArts
Rachel Hammerman’s collection of mezuzot in her Etsy shop caught the eye of Laura Mandel, JArts executive director, who became a loyal customer. Since then, Hammerman has designed mezuzot that range from the whimsical to the symbolic. To celebrate Purim in 2022, Mandel asked Hammerman to use her prodigious gifts as a clay artist to tell the story of Megillat Esther. The result was Hammerman’s rendition of the Purim story over 12 panels, measuring 5×7 inches and exclusively made of clay. According to Rachel, each of the panels she created represents a theme connected to the Megillah, or Scroll of Esther. The themes often integrate interpretations Hammerman has gleaned from midrashim and her close study of the text.
You can now purchase Rachel’s Purim artwork on a wide variety of products through our JArts Society6 store! Click here to shop.
Rachel on JLive
Related Events & Content
Make Bubbie Proud.
Haven’t gotten around to your weekly mitzvah? If you believe in the power of arts and culture, please consider making a gift today.