Exhibition Opening Artist’s Talk
Friday, Dec 23, 2022 at 10:30 am
At the Yad Ben Zvi history research institute, 14 Ibn Gevirol St, Jerusalem.
Work in process
בנות עליית הנוער מגרמניה 2022. שמן על קנבס 80/90 ס״מ
Youth Aliyah Girls from Germany, 2022. Oil on canvas 80/90 cm
Oil 90/80 cm
I searched online for photo references for paintings exploring “human figures embedded in pattern”. I found a lovely formal family portrait, that caught my heart. From the clothing I inferred that it was taken in America around 1940. Were they very young parents with their teenage daughter? Or siblings? Their posed body language and shy smiles were both dignified and very much at ease. At ease with each other.
As much as I want to explore new themes, 2 topics keep on reappearing in my work:
Our humanity and identity are rooted in our surroundings.
Our constant search for a personal voice.
I get gratification from creating human figures that emerge like jigsaw puzzles from a jumbled landscape of patterns. My newly invented colleagues play Hide and Seek inside the canvas. While sometimes a bit lonely, they still express vitality and resilience. They will surely find their unique voices.
Enigma and empathy. And respect.
Oil and acrylic 140/120 cm. I painted and signed this last year. But something small bothered me in the composition. I reworked it an am much happier now.
Finally complete… I think…
Group Exhibition, opening Wed. May 25 at 19:30
Skizza Gallery, 8 Koresh St. Jerusalem.
Curator, Marina Schelest.