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Heddy B. Abramowitz
Jerusalem, Israel,
Neighborhood: Flatbush



ARTIST STATEMENT: Cityscapes Man in the city is a primary focus of my painting. I am interested in seeing the “earthly” Jerusalem as one encounters it in everyday life, the nitty-gritty of the streets people walk on, the vistas of the here and now. An un-pretty urban reality requires breaking the convention of Jerusalem’s image. The geometry of the city structures as they interconnect, the dance of the strong summer light on building facades, or the more subtle interplay of greys in the overcast light of the winter each add another facet to our view of city life. City streets have poetic and often overlooked qualities which provide an alternative version of beauty. Self-Portraits I have a strong interest in figurative painting and work from live models, nude, clothed and portraits. A particular interest is also intro-spective self-portraits; some involve seeing myself through a cracked mirror, while others may include seeing my eyes reflected through a mirror amongst objects from my life, often with subjective symbolism. Photography Street photography, wherever I find myself, is at the center of my interest in photography. Recording the city’s individuality and its quirks as they disappear under the sweep of questionable development projects is a pressing motivation. My eye is pulled to the geometry of simple shapes; the contrasts, both compositional and otherwise; and the faces of everyday life.
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