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I am an Israeli born artist who grew up in Venezuela, and for the past years has being living and making art in Tel Aviv.
My art engages with the representation of what it is to be an outsider, looking for a sense of belonging – geographically and spiritually. Being and growing up as a woman and an immigrant through the 21st century created in me a deep need to invent a visual narrative that can represent my experience in a critical and creative way. My practice relates to the idea of mobility and concepts of territory and body. I am interested in dealing mainly with the narrative of being Different, developing a visual language that combines elements from pop culture and fashion with botany and nature; appreciating plants as living creatures that are always around us: growing, loving, reproducing, moving and even communicating in ways and at frequencies that “humans” aren’t able to perceive. One can say they seem dumb to human perception.
Similar to the plants we can find different beings living in silence, invisible, “Others”. Through the realm of flora I intend to embrace all kinds of Otherness to the “human”, where “human” means that which doesn’t take into consideration all forms of life.
For that I created the Cactus Man: a hybrid; the merging of a cactus and a man into an androgenic creature covered with thorns. Cactus Man is also the brand that stands behind the line of wearable art articles I had developed during the last four years, with the belief in fashion as the voice for new identities. Through this character I give visual representation to definitions of Otherness and gender vis-à-vis masculine hegemony, questioning the meaning of housing and territory, in connection to concepts of mobility, permanence and nomadism. The Cactus Man brings together two different outlooks of the world: a fantastic, rich and free one and a Capitalist one, he is the reflection of an ever changing other, who doesn't want to be defined.
Through an interdisciplinary range of practices that includes painting, drawing, printing, collage, sculpture, video and fashion design, I create paradigmatic and encoded artistic events (installations) filled with a very rich and recognizable imagery together with a sense of secrecy or a hidden statement and giving special attention to the intervals and spaces between the pieces when exhibited.
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