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About my artwork
I have always been interested in relationships in which power is extremely unbalanced. In my earlier work I examined the most basic and familiar kind of these relationships - the one between children and the adult world, in which the child is always a subject, never one possessing a will of its own. I later began asking wider questions about various forms of these relationships: the hunters and the hunted, the warder and its captive, the caregiver and the dependent. Eventually, both through extensive studio work and my job at a free clinic for asylum seekers in Israel, a strange truth has dawned upon me: that altruism and sadism are two mirror images of the same urge. Both thrive on the role of master of puppets, in which someone's fate lies in another's hand, but the fundamental difference between them lies in the fact that while the altruist is driven by empathy, the sociopath is driven by its absence. Inspired by filmic imagery, literature and myth, I draw and paint this notion in its various manifestations: From circus animals to cinematic sociopaths, from disaster zones to living beings as mere subjects on display. I depict empathy's rare, precious appearances, desperate searches for it, but most of all, I paint its absence.