Sand in the Eyeby Jenna Romano | 15.12.17
Tal Yerushalmi is fixated on material objects – stones, beads, woven mats, baskets, necklaces; the Tel Avivian artist is concerned with the way in which a thing’s past utility might simultaneously lend and deprive it of meaning. This concept started unfolding when the artist moved from South America to Israel, it was then that she developed an awareness of the numerous keepsakes that she and her family had taken with them.
Observing, contemplating and eventually dismantling her subject’s material, Yerushalmi paints until it acquires a life of it’s own. These paintings realize the artist’s rigorous handle of a brush and embody a unique language of texture, color and space. Highlighting the alluring characteristics of each object, Yerushalmi’s work results in a valuable shift – where the object’s re-creation unravels the life that is within it – a process that places the artist into the heads and hands of an original artisan.
Yerushalmi’s most recent exhibition, Sand in the Eye, is the first time the artist will display installations alongside her paintings. Cutouts mimic the step by step process in which the objects are made, and as they pop off the walls which they are attached to, the works reach out to the audience’s dimension, vivacious and enticing.
Sand in the Eye will be on view at Hezi Cohen Gallery until January 20. Hezi Cohen Gallery, Wolfson St. 54, Tel Aviv.