Independent researcher, educator, artist, writer. Working on the subjects of memory and identity as reflected in art and material culture. Lived in Russia, Israel and the UK. In USA since 2017.
Visiting research fellow at the Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Minnesota. Studied textile design (weaving) and art, Modern Jewish Studies. Practice-based PhD addressed 19th cent. German Jewish ceremonial textiles and their relevance in contemporary art practice.
Worked in the textile industry (interior textiles). Produced art, working with variety of media (weaving, embroidery, video, paper based mixed media, assemblage, installation/sculpture), exhibited internationally.
Taught textile practice, creative research, theory and history of craft. Headed the Department of Textile Design (Shenkar College, Israel).
Writes essays and research articles. Writes poetry and prose.
My interest is in story telling - or ways in which connections can be made and "a sense of story" can be created through making art, as well as curating and writing on art and material culture at large - away from the established discourses and categories of objects and practices. I am looking at intersecting stories of perception, memory, knowledge and identity - those of the beholders/users and of the artists/producers. Specifically I am working across three main themes.
1. Edges (of objects and materials) as perceptual orienteers disrupted in artworks. By looking at or touching an edge and by relating its position to the entire object, we can understand where the object ends, what it is made of and other aspects. This intuitive material logic is in use everyday regardless what is the object of perception. I am interested in art practices that undermine this logic and leave us bewildered, questioning the basic premise of our comprehension of the perceptible material order. This theme is developed via interviews with local artists, academic research and essay writing.
2. Bedlinen as cultural phenomenon. I am interested in bed linen as the most common ground for: sleeping, dreaming, loving, dyeing, giving birth, laying sick or having insomnia, being with someone else or being alone. This basic nature of the needs that bedlinen furnishes, springs multitude of rituals addressing the routine care for the cloth and the body, the physical and mental hygiene. Rituals of care, order, discipline and desire, where the domestic ritualised routine and economy merges into the global economy of production, commerce and taste, the textile industry. Ways in which we make our beds are ways in which we make ourselves human, civilised, cultured - upon the delights, difficulties and ironies that the three words evoke. This is a long term multi-faceted project, which involves curatorial collaboration with the Textile Centre, data collection and academic research.
3. Autobiography and family stories, entangled in histories. Intimate, haunting, mundane memories and revelations - all that comes to mind when you are asked: who are you? What can be told, to what extent and in what way? What can be understood, known, felt? This theme is developed via creative writing, collaborative performance project and visual art.