Meirav Davish Ben Moshe, Israel
Jewish and Muslim traditions limit the scope of mortal art in order to distance it from idolatry, but also because humans cannot and should not try to emulate the perfect creation of God. Depiction is representation and representation connotes control. Any depiction is sacrilege. Holiness demands silence. Allusion, metaphor, and abstraction are the artist’s way to solve the urge for expression, to skirt these prohibitions and whisper that which may not be said. The use of layered images and text facilitates my attempt to approach something that is fundamentally forbidden.
Professional Background Meirav Davish Ben Moshe studied art at the New York Studio School in New York City and later received her MFA degree from the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem. Ben Moshe is a multi-media artist working in drawing, installation, and performance and is a founder of the Israeli Desert Initiative. Her works can be found in many private and public collections, including the Mino-Washi Museum, Japan, and the Wilfrid Israel Museum of Asian Arts, Israel.