ARTIST STATEMENT: I was born and raised on a kibbutz in the Israeli desert, bordering the Gaza strip. The circumstances of my childhood defined my life and are primary influences on my work. Growing up, the region was very peaceful, I spend most of my time barefoot outdoors, exploring my surroundings or going on long bicycle trips along the border. I played freely outside which allowed my imagination to flourish. The landscape of the desert was imprinted on my mind and is a rich source of my artistic experimentation. Today the situation is very different, the conflict escalated and the people living in the region often experience terror and fear. Air raid sirens are a permanent fixture and underground tunnels are a constant threat to their existence. Although I live in Brooklyn now, I still consider the kibbutz my home.
In my work I look closely at the landscape that stretches over the region. The relentless desert life forms that manage to survive in spite the challenges and the harsh conditions. Much like the people who exhibit a deep rooted resilience, determination, and a strong desire to live a peaceful life in their own home on the border. Borders are artificial lines created by people. Nature does not recognize those borders.