I am interested in creating a visual experience of the passage of time and the sense of impermanence…things moving, transforming, disassembling. I attribute my artistic perspective to my childhood relocations and immersions into different cultures. Born in Israel, I later immigrated to France and the United States. My parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents immigrated several times in their lifetimes as well. I believe these generational displacements and cultural shifts resulted in a genetic memory of the impermanence of time and place.
Tell us about the work you have in this exhibition.
40 x 40 x 2 inches
on panel (watercolor, acrylic, charcoal, oil)
Hope II is a work created in the early stages of the coronavirus quarantine. It is influenced by my mood of the early days when I thought the quarantine would last for only a few months…2 months max. I was hopeful that we would be free to move around soon. I was also being introspective and seeing the virus as a messenger urging us to recognize that we are interconnected; that we coexist on this small planet.
I created a short video about the current series created during the coronavirus.
What draws you to your chosen medium, what do you love about it?
My process relies on discovery which happens during the creation of the work. Photography plays a big role. I take many photographs daily and pay attention to the composition. I push the colors trusting that the images I spend so much time with will imprint themselves in my mind. and I am curious to see which colors and shapes surface in my work. I am also very interested in observing how the images on the camera differ from the images the human eye can see. Once I begin to paint, it is very much an additive layering process using different media; a slow construction without a road map; an exercise in patience as I wait to get inspired for the next layer. During the wait and because I am not a patient person by nature, I work on paper…mostly drawings and printmaking. I then deconstruct those images by cutting and reassembling the images. Collage has played an important role in my process for many years. Pairing media and textures that are otherwise unrelated forces new associations and creates interruptions that translate to something unfamiliar for the viewer. It helps me to create a visual language of transformation. The eye jumps around and connects the pieces to somehow form an understanding of the image. Connecting the pieces to create an understanding of one’s surroundings is how I believe a person assimilates when immersed in unfamiliar environments. It is not a linear learning as we are taught in school. It is a slow construction without a road map.
What inspires you to make art?
I find inspiration from my environment, road trips, long walks, things I read, music I listen to, current events and other artists. I take a huge amount of photographs and although I don’t refer to them directly when I am painting, I know the images are imprinted in my mind and the colors and shapes will somehow emerge in the work. One of the artists I admire is David Hockney for his compositions, use of color and especially for his understanding that the camera does not capture what the human eye sees.