Aviva Beigel

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Studying Medieval Art reveals to me the Early Byzantine Art with its rich and colorful mosaics, and the use of mosaic technique. Seeing Gothic vitrage opens me to the possibility of gathering small parts making one whole beautiful piece. From Antonio Gaudi, the genius Spanish artist of the 20th century, I have learned to make wild and free combinations, like those he made in Park Guell, Barcelona.

All these styles helped me create my own special style.


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About My Work

Studying Medieval Art reveals to me the Early Byzantine Art with its rich and colorful mosaics, and the use of mosaic technique. Seeing Gothic vitrage opens me to the possibility of gathering small parts making one whole beautiful piece. From Antonio Gaudi, the genius Spanish artist of the 20th century, I have learned to make wild and free combinations, like those he made in Park Guell, Barcelona.

All these styles helped me create my own special style.

In my works I adopt the Gestalt theory “The whole is more than its parts”. Gestalt is a German word meaning “a structure, a shape, or a pattern”. It suggests that understanding a structure as a whole depand on our ability to see all its parts, but the full comprehension of the “whole” will always show us a richer structure than the simple combination of its parts. My artwork is based on this principle, I make a combination of many fragments and the final consequence usually creates a new and different “whole”.

In my first exhibition, Homage to Gestalt Mosaic Art, the works were combined mainly of broken China, glass and a selection of decorative elements from a range of materials that were carefully displaced on a chosen object.

The “Cookies” are ceramic hand painted cookies, baked in a ceramic oven, exactly like homemade cookies. They come in different shapes and colors, each one of them is unique. I have combined them on a wooden large cookie shapes as: Stars, Hearts, Butterflies, and more.

The Human cookie appears in various mediums: painting, sculpture, relief and mosaic, (as the famous “Gingerbread Man”)—in big and small forms and in different physical states: incomplete, bound and broken. I choose the clay as a basic material because of its special quality: it is soft in the beginning, and during the baking process it hardens and gains a new nature, like certain processes that change and harden the inner self of people.

The human pattern made me deal with human changes or: Metamorphosis. I began to wonder: does a change in form also bring a change in the essence of the material? Is the new product is better or just different? These questions and others made my human patterns to change in colors and forms, some of them develop wings or other parts.

My conclusion was that we—people—have a secret wish for Metamorphosis, we want for example to fly like birds, but knowing that we won’t have wings make us invent all kind of instruments that will help us to be different from what we really are.


exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2007, Gebo Artspace, Tel-Aviv, Israel, X-ray
  • 2007, Beijing, China, X-Ray Paintings
  • 2006, Kriger Center, Haifa, Mosaic Installations
  • 2005, Bible House Museum, Tel-Aviv, As the clay in the potter’s hand ...
  • 2005, Kastra Art Center, Piccaso Gallery, Haifa, Installations
  • 2005, Design Gallery Hankin, Hulon, Fragments of Life
  • 2004, Ein-Hod Main Gallery, Artist Village Ein-Hod, Metamorphosis
  • 2004, Ephrat Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Cookies
  • 2002, Ephrat Gallery, Tel-Aviv, The whole is more than the sum of its parts

Recent Group Exhibitions

  • 2008
  • Igal Alon House, Zefad, Israel, Yellow Patch
  • Journalist Center, Tel-Aviv, Magen-David Album
  • The Ninth St. gallery, Washington, USA, Treasure Postcards Projects
  • Art and Culture Center, Espace Rachi, Paris, 23 Women Artists from Israel
  • Character Editions Gallery,Paris, Women poets and artists from Israel
  • Hapoalim Central Bank, Tel-Aviv, Israeli Art
  • Kibutz Gan Semuel Gallery, Attribution to Yohanan Simon
  • 2007
  • Gallery in Park, Rananna, Israel, Tik Isha
  • Kriger Art Center, Haifa, Works in small dimensions
  • Hanita Museum, Israel, Transperate Children
  • Efrat Gallery, Tel-Aviv, “Identity Card”
  • Estense Castle, Ferrara, Italy, Spirit, The Spirit in Art
  • CIGE—China International Gallery Exhibition, Beijing
  • Travelling exhibition: Artists House, Jerusalem, Ha’kibbutz, Israeli Art Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Amsterdam. Desert Generation, Israeli and Palestinian Artists against 40 years of occupation
  • Outside exhibition, Rehovot, Israel, Touching an Orange
  • Marziart International Gallery, Hamburg, “5 Artists.”
  • National Museum Brukenthal, Sibiu, Romania, Israeli Artists
  • NY Arts Beijing Gallery, Beijing, Apple II, Travelling exhibition.
  • Art Gallery, Gan Semuel, Israel, Mosaic
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