The Painted Ketubah

As an outgrowth of my studio practice, I began researching and experimenting with the ancient art of ketubah ornamentation. Ketubot are illuminated Jewish wedding contracts that are painted for traditional Jewish wedding ceremonies and date back to the second century CE. This body of work fuses contemporary aesthetics with the historically rich terrain of illuminated manuscripts, producing meaningful handmade ritual objects.

This studio practice found resonance beyond the Jewish wedding ceremony and has evolved into a multi-denominational wedding rite, with requests for custom quaker, hindu, christian, muslim and non-religious illuminated wedding certificates coming from around the world.

 

More of this body of work can be found at www.thepaintedketubah.com 

HADASS MOR GERSON