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artist statement

My landscapes, abstractions and portraits are inspired by nature, the human body, and the universal elements of the human experience on this planet.

 

My calling is to connect with people in the realm of emotion, exploring essential topics like environmentalism, unity, social justice, and promoting emotional and spiritual awareness as a path to personal growth.

 

Through my art, I aim to raise awareness on crititcal issues, inspire positive action, and foster compassion and self-healing.

about me & the creative process

I am a multi-disciplinary artist, born and raised in Buenos Aires. Flourished in Israel for over a decade, and finally found home in the beautiful Hudson Valley.

I enjoy the freedom of mixed media, alternating with and integrating paper collage, found materials, natural earth-based oil and watercolor paints, plant-based acrylics, graphite, and oil pastels. 

Art is my channel for complete expression, where trusting my intuition is a must. Many times I experience a state of ecstatic thrill while making art: dance, rhythm, song and joy may happen simultaneously while applying paint to the canvas.

My internal creative process varies from piece to piece. A piece may start with an idea, concept, topic or question that comes to me through the events in my life at a specific time.

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I then meditate on it, and visualize an image. Differently, in some pieces, I might just invite a color to guide me to a shape, which later develops and evolves into a combination of colors and materials. I try my best not to get in the way of intuition when it comes to creativity. The creations I'm most happy with come along when I let myself explore and release control. 

People interpret and decipher their own meanings of my work, often sharing with me their impressions and expressing vulnerabilities that the work brings up for them. Other times, I weave in my background as an intuitive writer, singer-songwriter, and sound & energy healing practitioner. A visual piece then morphs into a multidimensional experience, accompanied by a poem, soundscape, song, or written message. Each of these pieces hold information for the viewer, and can serve as a catalyst for them to relate deeply to their own inner wisdom.

As an environmental activist and throughout my journey with paint, I became aware of the damaging effects of acrylic, petroleum, and chemical products used by our industry on our ecosystem. After much research and experimenting, I am now in the midst of a full transition to earth-based paints and materials in order to align my medium with my mission and reimagine art-making as a connection between humans and nature. 

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