being human commission

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This is a commission i finished for a Rabbi in Texas. Rabbi Scott commissioned me to create a logo for his classes. He is based in Texas, Shma Koleinu…Rabbi Scott suggested Da Vinci’s Vitruvian man for the logo. The name of his classes? ‘being Human’.

I told him that woman & children are human too, may i add them? Yup.

These are the questions i posed to myself before creating the sketch for approval.

I know i had to put the man, centered, to be recognized as the familiar Vitruvian man. It bothered me that the woman had to be behind the man, as women have been throughout history. I noticed in the Da Vinci’s drawing, the man was confined to the square…to break down man into the simplest of shapes, to begin to draw him, he is made of triangles & squares. Made from straight lines. Woman, drawn, are created from circles & ovals, curves. (Of course, muscle, sinew, fat, soften us all…some more then others) I decided i wanted the woman touching the circle as much as she could reach…i have her pushing against the circle with her a hand, as though trying to escape the roll women have been confined in throughout time. Trying to break through the glass ceiling.

Men have held power because they are stronger & more confident–testosterone does that. (Science has proven that if women stand up straight, have better posture, then they produce more testosterone thus becoming more confident, extraordinary, don’t you think? Women, put those books back on top of your heads!) Men have fought the wars, built buildings, plowed the fields, hunted the forests…they no longer need to do this as they once did.

Strength was needed throughout history. We live in a time where we rely on what already exists.  Women can live & work in almost all the fields available to men. Women are in the news, still begging to be heard,  wanting their rights as equals. Because today, we are equal. i believe we have found our voice & we walk taller for that.

Change is hard.

To draw a man, his lines are hard, as in Da Vinci’s Square. Straight lines do not bend. Women are drawn from circles, women can bend, thus making change possible.

What does not bend, will eventually break.



4 Comments Add yours

  1. loisajay says:

    so well thought out, Amy. Happy the rabbi was so receptive to our idea to include women and children. Yay for him!


  2. jr cline says:

    So why not draw a woman as pointed, shapely edged, rigid, and geometric? That is how they seem to me.


    1. Amy Saab says:

      funny, that, jr cline…at this time in my life, that is how i would describe men. Mostly i am speak of the younger of us humans. We all seem to get set in our ways as we age.

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      1. jr cline says:

        We can get set in our ways. Years ago I met a guru. One think (I didn’t spell thing wrong) he taught me was to mix it up. Do things different. If you brush your teeth with your right hand, use your left. Go a different route to work. Use a different mode of transportation. I embraced that advice. I haven’t always followed it, but I try. I embrace change when it comes. I don’t always like it. I often seek it. I don’t want to be stuck in my ways. Life is too short to live the same day over and over.


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