All is Dvash by Ruta Reifen

Exhibition  /  26 Jul 2014  -  17 Aug 2014
Published: 23.07.2014

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Ruta Reifen explores in this exhibition the floral form and the natural world. In her pieces the artist captures the essence of her inspiration, resulting in pieces with flowing and natural lines.

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Ruta Reifen
"All is Dvash" is Israeli-born artist Ruta Reifen’s exploration of the floral form and the joy, beauty, and raw sensuality of the natural world. Dvash, Hebrew for honey, is nectar, the promise of future fruit, the hope and potential abundance contained within each flower. Reifen captures the shapes, colors, and undulating, flowing lines of her inspiration in individually hand-sculpted, electroformed pieces, an invitation to the viewer and eventual wearer to adorn themself in beauty and rich delight.

“…Reifen is enamored with the exuberance of the aforementioned Baroque masters. The altar in Bernini’s masterpiece Sant’Andrea al Quirinale is a prime example of the type of over- the- top orgy of gold that Reifen translates into her own work by gold -plating each piece of jewelry. She wants it to be flashy as “gold is traditionally attached to these ideas of ornament.” excerpeted from catalogue essay by Bella Neyman.

About Ruta Reifen
Born in Jerusalem, Reifen received a Bachelors in Design from Shenkar College of Design, Israel, and an honors MFA in Jewelry and Metals from Rhode Island School of Design. Currently basing her studio practice in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Reifen has exhibited both nationally and internationally in Israel, Europe, and the United States; her work is included in the permanent collection at Museum of Art and Design, NY, and Penland Gallery, NC, and shown at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, OR. Reifen has taught at the School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Pratt Institute, NY, Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Israel, 92nd Street Y, NY, Brooklyn Metal Works, NY, and Penland School of Crafts, NC, and is the co-founder of Platforma, a curatorial and educational initiative that promotes contemporary art jewelry in alternative presentations.

“Be aware of beauty” is a motto I have grown up with. “It brings joy into your life”, I was told, and this is my ultimate goal in my work. Flowers, little gems of beauty, displayed freely by nature, have punctuated my life with slivers of happiness. Their myriad shapes and colors, their undulating, flowing lines, are the source of my inspiration, and have led to my fanciful compositions. Flowers hold the promise of future fruits, their nectar the promise of future honey. Coming from the land of ‘Milk and Honey’, I have titled my show ‘All is Dvash’ – all is honey, hinting to the wonder of hope and joy contained within each flower. Each piece is unique. Individually sculpted by hand, and electroformed in my studio, brought to life by highlights of color. Bold yet delicate, each is an invitation for you to connect to those moments of happiness aroused by flowers in your life, and outwardly adorn yourself with them.”

Ruta Reifen, July 2014.