FOOD & ART
Cookbook | Stella's Cookbook
The Oracle Women
The Falashas Prophetess, a woman of foresight and vision protected by the all-encompassing vibrant blue, adorned with mystical talismanic objects and trappings of her religion.
The Soul Spirit
An Indian Soul Spirit seeks the Shechina, the feminine divine. She represents a Jewish Indian woman I encountered praying in a synagogue on Shabbat in Bombay, adorned with her Hamsa and a silver goblet – a container for her soul.
The keeper of her ancestral wisdom and experience, she’s imbued with the wisdom of our ancestors, clamoring to be heard and pass on her heritage.
The contemporary woman often feels shackled with a demanding role she’s faced with. Freedom’s Child breaks free discovering her personal key to transcend.
She evokes her creative essence which she guards in her jeweled chalice ready to share and enhance the future matrilineal generations.
The eternal mother creates, incubates, protects and nurtures future generations.
Eve in contrast to her mono chromatic depiction, the fateful fruit dangles before her, enticing the cost in gold, the ultimate object of alchemy.
The Mystic Sephard of the Maghreb imbued with the Kabbalistic teachings of her ancestors manifests her spirit within our souls. Silver is thought to symbolize authenticity and amber to reflect darkness.
The Adorned One
The Adorned One of the Maghreb, a descendant of the Sephardic heritage, flaunts her creativity and wealth of her adopted home. The Jewish silversmiths fleeing from Spain introduced enameled metalwork, and cloisonné jewelry she wears with icons to ward off evil.
The wise woman, the crone, achieves transcendence with a well of her reflective experience. She is ready to impart her invaluable wisdom to the next generation.
The contemporary warrior woman adapts to constant change with patient endurance and courage as she plots her own path.
Sabbath Bride, 1998
79 x 40 inches, oil on canvas
The mystical 16th Century hymn “Lecha Dodi” woven into the Sabbath bride’s garment. This richly layered imagery becomes a visual hymn welcoming the Sabbath.
Tree of Life, 1998
73 x 08 inches, oil on canvas
Tree of Life with Kabbalistic imagery depicting healing and renewal.
Tikkun Olam, 1998
67 x 91 inches, oil on canvas
Meditative icon on the menorah and talismans beckoning healing and repairing the world.
Haham Capouya - Rodos, 1999
38 x 30 inches, oil on canvas
My genealogical journey inspired me to paint my great-grandfather, Haham Capouya, Rabbi of Rhodes Island and his wife Miryam (Piha) who perished on route to Auschiwitz. He represents the wisdom to overcome the vicissitudes of life, and create a meaningful life.
24 x 17 inches, oil on canvas
A mother’s ardent prayers and blessings for light, redemption and protection for her family.
24 x 17 inches, oil on canvas
A tribute to my son Claude Samuel Levy, bearing the name after my father, Samuel Hanan.
Shona Tribal Chief, 1990
75 x 51 inches, oil on canvas
My deep awareness for all cultures and one that I live with, the Shona people.
Mysticism in Exile, 1997
79 x 94 inches, oil on canvas