Aleph is the creative drive behind Malakh Studios, and the Malakhim series.

She is a reclusive person, preferring to remain anonymous in daily life these days. A rare look into her background is available in her Smashwords interview, where she gives us a glimpse into her creative roots.

“There was a lot of darkness in my life. Thank God I believe in chiaroscuro.”

Aleph began her art through pencil and tempera work, graduating to acrylics in 1999. Most of her works have been destroyed— what Aleph characterizes as a therapeutic response to depression. A few have been sold and/or gifted to others. One pencil commission was stolen. The fate of all but three paintings remains uncertain. Two hang on display, and one is stored for her family only.

“I never deliver what’s in my head, and that’s my constant frustration. When that became too much for me, slashing the canvas or paper let me express that. That let the pressure out for a while.”

Aleph’s art revolves around emotion, empathy, and spirituality. From visual media to writing, she digs deep into the experience of her subjects. Her sight is declining, however, so visual projects have ground to a halt.

“I owe paintings to a few people, and I think about that every day. I don’t have the stamina or the sight right now to do anything about it, but if I had a really good week or something I would spend a lot of it at the easel, for sure.”

Aleph has periods of chattiness on Twitter, which she uses to keep in touch with friends and other artists while she works. She is often willing to help and encourage others when approached with respect. We ask, however, that you refrain from asking her to read/review your work. She would like to help everyone, but she has to reserve that energy for people she’s already working alongside.

Please see the section below for instructions regarding inquiries, etc. Media inquiries improperly sent through Twitter will cause the handle to be blocked.

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Aleph is the pseudonymous author of the Malakhim stories, and their original creator. The copyright for Malakhim was previously claimed by our company, Malakh Studios LLC, of which Aleph is a member, for various reasons, mostly involving providing her a thin protection from stalkers. However, the story has always belonged to Aleph and the Studios no longer holds the copyright; Aleph claims all rights, title and interest to all the Malakhim stories, art, and related content under copyright as the original author.

We do not intend any confusion with anyone else using the pseudonym. It was quite uncommon when Aleph first used it as an artist in 1994 out of an affinity for the ideas it represented (tied into the idea of an ox as a work animal among other things) and its endurance through many iterations and many transformations. Since then, many properties have found it fashionable to name a character or product after the first letter in humankind’s oldest alphabets, and who can blame them? But we intend no confusion between our artist and anyone else.

There is no intended reference between Aleph’s chosen pseudonym and any mystical/scriptural/other materials beyond the idea of the letter itself and its origins, and its relationship to the ox. Oxen in general are very special to her, as many references within the text indicate.

Inquiries for Aleph should be sent through the general inquiries address. Inquiries (at) malakh (dot) com. Aleph used to respond to each personally, but unfortunately that policy has been much abused. Emails are screened and only non–abusive ones are passed on to Aleph. We appreciate feedback, but will ignore heckling entirely. Life is too short for us to put up with that, especially Aleph’s.

Aleph respectfully declines general permission to alter, reproduce, or otherwise create derivative works based on the Malakhim story, its mythology and its characters. All rights are reserved as per our copyright notice. Specific permissions will be considered for works upon an appropriate request involving non-abuse-related materials. In other words: It’s not hard to ask, but take no for an answer if we don’t appreciate what you plan to do with our material.