Ora Ruven

    I came to art at a mature age, beginning my work in stone carving, dealing with monumentalism; capture the moment and preservation. After a period of time, I made a transition and became a painter who paints Naked Men. My paintings deal with the examination of the man’s naked body. In my video works, I document my sessions with the men who come to model for me.

    Thus, I deal the traditional politics of man- woman relationship manifested in the male view of the female.

    Mosques In Tel Aviv is a digital photograph project that reflects the Israeli politic. As a Holocaust survivor daughter, living in a conquered (1948) Arab house in Jaffa, I ask at these works about the vision of mosque in Tel Aviv – possible or not?

    Ora Ruven go home –I painted memories on  my old home walls in Arab-Jewish Jaffa. My artistic life began in the fifth decade to my life, voicing a concern and a eulogy about the future of my grandchildren in complicated Israel, and the passing time, the political options open to a woman of age, in a patriarchal, youth worship culture.

    My work deals with the relationship between naked body, naked soul, self and society-self while questioning the unexposed. Some years ago I concerned in naked men, and personal/national life in Israel. These days: “Old woman” is a dirty word, a third gender, the new “another”. The world counts out old women. I use my 63 old year’s body to clean “old” and I look at the eyes of oldness fear.

    How to do art? All these issues meet colors, forms, materials, computer, the internet, and people – the elements in my life. I mix it like a child on the beach, playing with water, sand and seashells. In my project Red Pompeii, I put together all these art elements and designed a space for people to see, to say, to play, to install, to participate with me our art.


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