Chagall traveled from Russia to Palestine when he was commissioned to paint the Old Testament. Though he had hoped to see the Bible there, he instead said that he dreamed it. I love his perspective, he once said, “Since childhood the Bible has fascinated me. I have always thought of it as the greatest source of poetry of all time. I have continued to seek out its reflection in life and in art. The Bible is like a musical vibration of nature, and I have tried to communicate that secret” (The Biblical Message of Marc Chagall, p. 15).
Like so many artists throughout history, it is that musical vibration, that great poetry of the text that motivates me to create. I find it to be gracious space with a language all its own that transforms me, inviting me to shine as I extend that same invitation to others.
The title of Sherry's latest album “Sunland,” is from a poem by Jewish poet and writer, Edmond Jabes, It begins, “A country where the billboards have claws, not just anyone can enter.” The women of the biblical text, the Old Testament as it were, whose stories are poeticized about in song, are all outsiders in this sort of religious country where the dominant religious culture sharpens its claws on those who dare to challenge it.