20th October – 4th November
‘Issues such as rights and belonging determine and shape the condition of our lives’
(Rogoff, I. (2000). Terra infirma. London: Routledge).
IPSEITY explores protection and fragility as symbolic metaphors for cultural place and belonging. This is facilitated through the use of translucent clay objects reminiscent of nature’s intricate formations.
This body of work is based on my cultural identity attached to the land of my origin, Israel. It considers the idea of the protective structure as a living-growing organism suggesting both an object of protection, and one of spiritual arming of the self. It aims to highlight the spiritual and political concerns of identity as well as imbue a sense of cultural belonging by using Hebrew text, fabric texture, and manipulation of ceramic forms. This installation functions on many levels as the poetics of the past are brought into the present to question the future.
Transmitting information out of the natural world and simultaneously employing elements of cultural context, the objects in this installation are transformed into ambiguous entities that do not actually exist in nature. Through closer observation, printed prayer script is revealed. Each particle in the structure becomes a parchment scroll that embodies a strong internal energy like a seed or a cocoon would. Nevertheless through the use of a pray script it carries a wish for protection.
In binding together singular elements imprinted with prays, names and numbers the pieces speak about people, the individuals that connect to a group and highlight the sense of security within belonging. In turn, when implied to organism-like entities, they evoke a hopeful desire for growth and vitality. Reflecting on Israel’s reality of being, these ideas suggest that what is strong and collected could, in actual fact, be fragile and vulnerable. It illustrates the thin balance that exists in nature between solidifying and falling apart, between brittleness and fortitude – the core of creation and existence.
Always seeking new perspectives, Lilach has recently completed a Master of Fine Art (RMIT 2015) to compliment her previous studies. Practicing as a Ceramic Artist, her passion lies within the manipulation of the form and challenging the limitations of the material. Through traditional and contemporary techniques the artist examines the mindfulness embedded within the way of making and displaying. Informed by her cultural background it presents ideas of personal, cultural and historical significance.