Simon Glass

Jacob Wrestling With the Angel, Genesis 32:25-30, 2003

This 30”x40” giclee print with 23.5k gold leaf was made for a site specific exhibition at the Koffler Gallery at the Bathurst Jewish Community Centre. It is a Hebrew illuminated manuscript. The imagery reflects both the secular and religious aspects of the centre. My starting point was the bronze sculpture of Jacob Wrestling with the Angel at the entrance to the grounds by Nathan Rapaport donated by Alex and Genia Grossman and Joseph and Luba Kleinstein in March 1978 and installed in 1980. It illustrates the story in the book of Genesis (32:25-30) in which Jacob’s name is changed to Israel: “one who wrestles with God”.