Through my work, I seek to describe the beauty and wisdom, tangible and intangible of the Hebrew letters and Jewish texts--an endless pursuit – both in the many facets of interpretation and the possibility of expression.
Hebrew text and Biblical passages in their most pure form are, to me the ultimate artistic creation. As I approach the blank surface on which I plan to work, I am inspired by a Text. I am not a calligrapher. The Texts are my drawing. Once the Text appears, I experiment with the surface surrounding the Text. I could paint or draw, but that would interfere with the ultimate importance of the Text itself. I hand-dye each individual piece of tissue paper and rice paper. The texture and transparency of the paper allow for a unique layered feel as the composition sings the inspiration of the Text as it affects me. I strive to express my understanding of these all-encompassing words. The successful result is, in a sense, two compositions. The beautiful passage itself, which alone is a complete work of art, and the collage, which even without the Text expresses my spiritual understanding of these Eternal Words.
My collages arouse in the viewer a feeling of connection, entirely personal -that gives a new feeling, of a sense of the mystery and grandeur and miraculousness emanating from Torah. Like a niggun entering the ear and stirring the soul, to see something enter the eyes which hints at a light – of one wishes to know more.
In my early twenties, I disconnected from art as I had disconnected from Judaism. I didn’t see their purpose in this world. I believed in the “universal good”, that all beings are equal and art was too often an expression of vanity and self- indulgence.
It was by returning to Judaism that I finally found a home for my belief in all of G-d’s creation and I understood the importance of art as a language that uniquely can describe the world in which we live, those things which cannot be uttered with words, as well as to seek by looking – perhaps to be able to describe some of the mystery and holiness in what appears, at first glance, quite ordinary.
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Born in London, England 1960
Moved to Israel in 2008
Lives and works in Jerusalem
1976- 1978 Fine Art and Photography, Barnet College, London.
Select Group Exhibitions:
2012 International Jewish Artist of the Year Exhibit, Ben Uri Gallery London
2016: Consequences of Freedom, Brooklyn Jewish Art Gallery, New York
2016: Past X Future, Metropolitan Pavilion, Manhattan NY
2017: Gesher Alliance, Bet Alliance, Jerusalem
Awards and Scholarships:
1995 Marin Arts Council of Northern California, award recipient
2001 Marin Arts Council of Northern California, award recipient
2007 Commendation: Ben Uri Gallery, London
2009 Misrad Haklitah L’ALiyah- award recipient
Collections: Private Collections in the United States, England and Israel