Moses and the Burning Bush by Rick Jacobi

Daniel Mirante

Added on May 27, 2022

“I have long been fascinated by the bible story of Moses and the Burning Bush. I’ve wanted to paint it, but it took me a while to figure out how. In this painting, I started with a technique called “decalcomania“, giving me an abstract texture on the canvas. Looking at it, I could start to see various things– faces, figures, birds, animals, and more, which I then rendered more clearly. In the center, I added the ‘all-seeing eye’, the ‘Eye of Providence’, the eye of God, and the figure of Moses was added as well.”

“As with many of the stories in the Old Testament of the Bible, we often may wonder if the stories are literal, symbolic, or something else. If God actually presented himself to Moses as a burning bush, what would it have looked like? How would Moses have perceived it? One might speculate that he may have seen something more, but a ‘burning bush’ was the only way for him to describe it.”

“Another interesting notion– suggested by Benny Shanon, an Israeli professor of cognitive philosophy, is that perhaps Moses had ingested some kind of psychoactive plant that caused him to have a deep and profound hallucination. “Whatever the case may be– including the possibility that this is nothing more than a myth– I find this story (and many others in the Bible) to be fascinating, and I just had to paint it.”

Rick Jacobi

Brief Bio:

Rick Jacobi spent twenty years as a commercial illustrator in Detroit. After that he was a high school art teacher at a charter school for the Fine & Performing Arts for thirteen years.

Taking an early retirement in 2014, he now makes paintings that ride the razor’s edge between “visionary art” and “pop surrealism”. He was also in a semi-famous band in the mid-1970s, but that’s another story.

More of Rick Jacobi’s work can be viewed here :

Daniel Mirante is a painter, historian, scholar, teacher and writer.

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