Crossing the bridge
Connect Savannah, Rachael Flora, April 30, 2019
RONIT HOLTZ remembers the exact day her artistic career began: January 8, 2017.
That’s the day a vehicle-ramming attack took place in East Jerusalem, killing four. Holtz, who grew up in Israel, had a friend who was involved in the attack.
“I was just sitting here mourning in my living room, thinking, ‘What am I going to do?’” remembers Holtz. “Well, I’ll create a painting.”
Holtz works in mixed media and used a magazine while making the piece. While working on the painting, she recalls looking down and seeing everything covered in paint except for one word: forgiveness.
“I stopped everything and was weeping,” Holtz shares. “I was like, ‘What does this painting need to transition to? What do we do in these atrocious events where innocent lives are taken? How do we move forward; how do we show redemption?’”
Those questions are integral to “BRIDGE: A Covenantal Narrative,” Holtz’s solo exhibition this Thursday.
Holtz is a Messianic Jew, a sect of Judaism that believes Jesus is the Messiah.
“When you think about Jesus and who he was preaching to in the land of Israel, it was the Jews,” Holtz explains, “so his followers were Jewish. Essentially, the first Messianic Jews you could say were him and the disciples.”