My works are inhabited by a constant tension between presence and absence, appearance and disappearance. This tension resides as much in the works themselves as in the space they occupy, at times involving the viewer as well. Light coincides with darkness, erasure gives way to creation, and my own figure, captured in video, seems to disintegrate and blend into the frame. Working primarily in oil-based painting and video, I allow my image to alternate between objecthood and subjecthood, I strive to push the boundaries of the exhibition as such, inviting viewers, too, to appear and disappear in their turn.
Contrasts are a key ingredient in my most recent series of paintings, both in form and content: wildlife at nighttime, captured in photographs under harsh artificial lighting and reinterpreted in lush brushstrokes; the outdoor lamps at a kibbutz, also at nighttime, spreading its meager light, a token to bygone times and outdated ideologies.
When working in video, I turn the camera back on myself. While motivated by a need to show and be seen, here the protagonist disappears into the forms and architecture that surround him – attaching themselves to a column, shrouding himself in fabric, or just by standing still. With the initial aim of showing and appearing, the playful, comic interactions result in new ways of seeing; the alienation and inadequacy of using things and objects "the wrong way" will be turned into new and surprising ways to interact with them.
Increasingly, I create projects that address, and rely on, the presence of viewers alongside the works as an added performative potential. Presented together, a series of works inspires the viewers to draw their own intuitive connections, whether in isolation or as a continuum.