Points of the compass Suly Bornstein Wolff

    Event Details

    May 13, 2017, 12:00PM – November 26, 2017, 5:00PM
    (this event is over)
    palazzo bembo
    Palazzo Bembo, Riva del Carbon 4793
    venice, Italy

    Event Info

    Suly Bornstein Wolff’s creative work is impacted by the immigrant experience of having uprooted herself from Brazil to Israel.

    As a multidisciplinary artist, she paints and sculpts, creating objects which she merges in installations. she usually uses ‘readymades’ and recyclable material, just before they become unwanted or discarded.

    While attempting to accommodate heerself to a new place, language, and culture, she found herself attracted to a certain species of trees which seemed alien to the local landscape. She was intrigued by the tropical palm trees that had been imported to Israel and were originally intended to decorate and enrich the gardens of Tel Aviv nestled between the Bauhaus buildings.

    Along with cultivated landscapes, she also focuses on urbanism. Her works have a dual existence: on one hand they manifest reductive formal structures and colours, while on the other; the works make a conceptual statement on contemporary urban cultural metaphors.

    The installation in Venice comprises paintings and objects made of disposable materials such as plastic sheets, chromo papers from journals.
    The process reveals a multilayered universe composed of images from my imagination, resonating with the palms and Bauhaus architecture populating my hometown, Tel Aviv.

    The palm has symbolic importance in both Judaism and Christianity.

    On Palm Sunday, palm fronds are used to decorate the church, in memory of Jesus’s welcome by the residents of Jerusalem who greeted Him with palms six days before the Crucifixion, as described in the New Testament.

    The Old Testament lists the Seven Species with which the Holy Land was blessed, among them the date palm, as well as being one of the Four Species on which Jews recite the blessing daily on the Festival of Tabernacles.
    “On the first day, you shall take the product of goodly trees, branches of palm trees… and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days” (Leviticus 23:40).

    The title of the piece, Points of the compass, is an attempt to describe the current reality of the western world, the connection between East and West, the link between religions, and the combination of materials of “high art” mixed with arte povera.


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