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Mixed Media; canvas, torched wood, nails, spray paint, charcoal, acrylic
I am an immigrant, Jewish, feminist, social justice warrior, mixed-media and installation artist.
I was born in South Africa and raised in Israel from a young age. For the last twenty years I have been living in the US with my American-born husband and two Israeli-born children. Like many immigrants, we came seeking relief from financial hardship and better professional opportunities.
I come from a long lineage of immigrants and refugees. My grandfather and great-grandparents were born in Lithuania and fled from the pogroms of the Jews; becoming refugees in South Africa. My parents left their family’s adopted homeland and moved to Israel. In turn, they also became strangers in a foreign, yet beloved, country.
My art is my voice, it replaces what I feel but can’t seem to say in words. The air I breathe, my joy and pain, my fear, and fearlessness. Three continents, the three loves of my life. My memory and future. My everything; a collection of me. It is process-focused, emotive, and inspired by the quiet and the noise in my life. It is deeply impacted by my life experiences, good and bad, and infused with images from my natural surroundings. I choose to focus my art on the issues in my life that matter most to me; family, human rights, gender and racial equality, immigration, mental health, and the plight of the underdog.
I often draw concepts, narratives, and direction from my Jewish heritage which rich texts and teachings offer a deep sense of direction and conviction for social justice.
I love color, light, reflection, texture, and shapes that create a narrative, evoke a memory or spark an emotion. Using photography, layers of color on canvas, molding with my fingers, a brush, squeegee, mop, and found objects, I create new textures and surfaces to discover and engage with. I am fearless and curious, aching with hope, possibilities of new and undiscovered territory. Boundaries exist only in my imagination.
I owe deep gratitude to those who inspired me and taught me to discover and never be afraid. And, to those who hold me together, make me complete and give meaning to my every day; Kevin, Shai, and Noam.
I look forward to sharing my art with you,
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”
Some of my favorite artists include: