From Ariela Foundation:
As Michal prepares to return to Israel in a few weeks, we have asked her to describe to us her some of the professional development / experiences she has gone through as a result of her studies in New York. It is clear that Michal has grown as an artist and as a person in a way that would not have been possible without this experience. We hope that she will share some of her experiences with other artists and use this knowledge to enhance the status of the Ethiopian community in Israel. This is the e-mail she has sent to us:
From Michal Avraham – June 2010
It's been five months since I've been in the city, the semester ended about two weeks ago and I am left with a lot of time to ponder about everything I've gone through. It's obvious my cultural world was fundamentally affected, the way I observe art has completely changed - from art as a predefined, material world to art which isn't necessarily material or object but words, movement, etc.
In my first month here I visited the Guggenheim Museum and participated in a performance piece by the artist Tino Segal, a leader in his field. In his piece, which was based on the museum's spiral form, I was welcomed by two small children, only 8 or 9 years old, who asked me about the meaning of the concept "process" - seemingly a simple question that was simply answered, but from that point on, everything became deeper and more interesting…At the end of the first part of the piece, just as I got to the second level of the museum, the kids introduced me to a teenager that discussed the same subject with me using examples. The fair conversation continued with a young woman and then later with a nice granny. As we advanced, physically and spiritually rising and trying to understand ourselves, to continue on and talk about the same subject but with a different partner - what does it mean to me? Am I also different? Is the question still the same?
In my End-of-year show I decided to combine these two trends. I curated a few selected objects that I created during the semester and presented them thoroughly, sharing my thoughts with the audience. Interestingly enough, the objects I created all dealt with the concept of conception and other philosophic questions. It was a difficult process, but it was very deep.
The first sculpture dealt with the diminution of time. I tried to break the concept of time, at least visually. The clock's hands were made up of three quarters, meaning, they have expanded and colorful. It became impossible to read the time - the hands were still moving but the areas of color mixed with each other, all within a clock that was set in a circular sketch constellation that was divided into one quarter and three quarters. The presentation tried to introduce a new form for something that is predefined in the world that has a set shape and function.
The second sculpture - a 50cm by 30cm tree trunk split in two, the bottom half was conceived and served as the base for the second half, which was a convex and charred. The two halves were united into a whole and while presenting the sculpture I placed my white t-shirt, the shirt I wear while working, as a separator between the two halves.
A series of 3 egg-tempera paintings based on a reproduction of Boticelli. The series displays a process of despair, as I try to imitate a master with the help and demonstrations of my current teacher at Cooper who is also the heir of a long line of Italian painters, and what is this technique even worth these days?