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Keren Anavy
New York, NY
Neighborhood: Sunset Park



ARTIST STATEMENT: Israeli-born artist Keren Anavy, currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York (Since August 2015). Anavy explores in her work the dynamic relationship between nature, culture and site, by challenging the boundaries of painting and drawing as a form of installation. Her works often contain imagery and subject matter that are disconnected from their previous meaning and context, and as a result, transformed into a visual, abstracted experience. She works with images and designs that reference political and social notions, from which she creates new imagery that addresses distress and beauty. For example, she frequently appropriated the kaffiyah (a traditional Arab headdress) pattern, where the bold geometric shapes from the original fabric become both recognizable and nonrepresentational at the same time. By manipulating and reconfiguring these forms that have cultural and political significance, particularly in the Middle East, Anavy creates a new visual vocabulary, and a universal language. Detaching these patterns from their political and social context, offers viewers a pure visual experience of the shape itself. By disassembling and reassembling the previous components, she creates new associative sensations, whose previous contexts are both hidden and revealed. Anavy continuously examine the power existing in shapes around us, be it architecture or nature, in both her large-scale installations, and her oil paintings, ink drawings, laser cutouts and prints.
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