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Sand in the Eye

Hezi Cohen Gallery, 2017

Sand in the Eye

Hezi Cohen Gallery, 2017

Curator: Ofra Harnam

 

Tal Yerushalmi focuses her work on the painting of functional objects; creating them had a practical, everyday reasoning crafted using archaic techniques: rugs, mats, and woven straw items from antiquity which have been found in archeological digging sites attest to the material and spiritual culture of their creators.

Through the objects, Yerushalmi attempts to reactivate something that had a past, but has no future: Indian arrow heads, flint, beaded necklaces, and various types of rope. These items may have been forgotten, tossed away or buried but miraculously survived in caves or underneath the surface; their ability to withstand the elements and the ravages of time gives witness to the talents of the creators while bestowing the objects with an enigmatic or mystical dimension, through which Yerushalmi examines the link between the real and the imagined.

Yerushalmi carves layers of paint, chisels them, as if weaving and braiding the brush strokes. The physical aspect of the painterly action is carnal and laborious but the works' internal logic is breached through the blurring of time and place.