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By Victoria Zintchenko Joshua 6:14–27

Artist Victoria Zintchenko explores Joshua 6 in her new work, Rotations.


Victoria Zintchenko, Rotations (detail)


Victoria Zintchenko, Rotations (detail)


Victoria Zintchenko, Rotations (detail)

Ink, Watercolour, Paper, Polyurethane on Barn scrap wood
12” x 8”
Artist Curated by
Evelyn C. Lewis


Joshua 6:14–27

14 And the second day they compassed the city once, and returned into the camp. So they did six days.

15 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day, and compassed the city after the same manner seven times: only on that day they compassed the city seven times. 16 And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the Lord hath given you the city. 17 And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the Lord: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent. 18 And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it. 19 But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the Lord: they shall come into the treasury of the Lord. 20 So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. 21 And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.

22 But Joshua had said unto the two men that had spied out the country, Go into the harlot's house, and bring out thence the woman, and all that she hath, as ye sware unto her. 23 And the young men that were spies went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father, and her mother, and her brethren, and all that she had; and they brought out all her kindred, and left them without the camp of Israel. 24 And they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord. 25 And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

26 And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before the Lord, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it.

27 So the Lord was with Joshua; and his fame was noised throughout all the country.

Victoria Zintchenko

Victoria Zintchenko

From the Artist

As one walks around an object, different things come to light. Because the priests walked around seven times, they saw variations of the city walls each time. No matter the focus, eyes wander and we notice an outcropping here, a tuft of grass there. So, seven circles on a board are just as simple as seven revolutions of a city, yet all contain their own microcosms. The acts of walking in unison and dropping ink at dawn have similar rhythms, a type of seeming nonchalance. Ego is removed from an act of great determination through repetitive motion that is inherent to it.


From Victoria Zintchenko's Soviet upbringing to her New York based art and furniture practice, she has worked steadily in mediums ranging from ceramics to woodworking. Using culturally specific practices, she creates meditative and technically repetitive works. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her lover, son and dog.


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