Birds of Longing, a collection of distinctive fiber art pieces by Laurie Wohl with an accompanying soundscape, emphasizes commonalities among the spiritual texts and poetry of the three Abrahamic religions. Wohl’s unique Unweavings interweave Jewish, Muslim, and Christian texts from the medieval period of the Convivencia in Spain with those of contemporary Middle Eastern poets, particularly Palestinian, Syrian, and Israeli. Themes of spiritual love, justice, memory, exile, mistrust of enemies, and yearning for reconciliation recur throughout Birds of Longing, stimulating thought about the shared emotional, aesthetic, thematic, and spiritual content of these traditions.
Exhibitions are displayed in the Jeremy Ingalls Gallery of the Poetry Center.
Image credit: “Birds of Longing,” Laurie Wohl