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Shirly Bar-Amotz: Happy Days

Exhibition  /  31 May 2012  -  31 Oct 2012
Published: 06.07.2012
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
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Intro
Jeweler Shirly Bar-Amotz, recipient of the 2012 Andy Prize, presents a body of work comprising mainly brooches and pendants created in the past year. Touching on questions of local identity, Bar-Amotz's jewelry expresses a social outlook.

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Shirly Bar-Amotz
Jewelry serves artist Shirly Bar-Amotz as a means for making socially relevant statements. Using "free craft" which combines precious metals with synthetic materials and ready-made molds, Bar- Amotz creates tiny worlds, seemingly from European landscapes: forests, lakes and snow-capped mountains, as well as animals trapped in mounds of
color, forming a duality of joyful colorfulness and a tough reality.

Combining precious metals with synthetic materials and readymade die-cut objects, Bar-Amotz crafts miniature worlds that look as if they were taken from pictures of European landscapes: woods, lakes, and snowy mountains. These images, like the pastoral vistas she "stains," express longing for a lost memory. They represent the diasporic European culture that Zionist Israeli society has suppressed and erased in its endeavor to create a new culture. Striving to restore something of that erased memory in her works, Bar-Amotz is well aware that they are created in quite a different cultural environment. This is evidenced by the works' crowded aesthetic, which stems from an observation of Israeli public space - the tar, the overly-colorful palette, the commercial signs, the noise and the over-decorativeness. The jewelry landscapes are populated with animals from "over there," such as swans, bears and rabbits. Circus animals like elephants and lions are ensnared in a tangle of colorful balloons and lights, while others are drowning in a mound of paint or trapped among trees and shrubs that prevent them from moving. Under a deceptive guise of carnivalesque vibrancy, these animals are deeply stuck in the reality of their existence.

Iris Fishof
Curator of the exhibition

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Location:
Agnes and Beny Steinmetz Wing for Architecture and Design, Gallery 1, Herta and Paul Amir Building 


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Mon, Wed 10.00 - 16.00
Tues, Thurs 10.00 - 22.00
Fri 10.00 - 14.00
Sat 10.00 - 16.00
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