Featured Artist: Efrat Klipshtein

What or who inspired you to want to be an artist?

I wanted to become an artist when I first saw an exhibition by artist Michal Na’aman. Particularly, when I looked at two paintings from that exhibition: ‘The inability to remain alone (Fun and Glory)’ and ‘The inability to remain alone (Work and Worry)’. They made such a strong impression on me, that I decided to pursue an art career.

 

From the exhibition ‘Morning Noon Evening’. Photo: Lena Gomon
What was your creative journey that has brought you to where you are in your career today?

Michal Naaman’s exhibition happened when I was a graduate student at the Technion. I was invited by one of my teachers to go. And as I said, her complex and cleaver paintings amazed me. I found myself returning to see the exhibition a few times. This led me to attend Michal’s class at “HaMidrasha” art school. Initially, I thought art would just become a hobby, but from that moment on my life changed and I never left the art world.

 

From the exhibition ‘Morning Noon Evening’. Photo: Lena Gomon
What do you need as an artist today?

A stimulating life full of experiences, a well-equipped and spacious studio with art and history books. And maybe some money for essential expenses like food and housing.

 

From the exhibition ‘Morning Noon Evening’. Photo: Lena Gomon
What creative project are you working on now?
Currently, a part of my project ‘Morning Noon Evening’ is exhibited at the ‘Herzliya Artists’ Residence’. The exhibition includes wood and glass sculptures, a mosaic and prints. In the studio, I started working on a new project that explores the forms and compositions that constitute our new reality of living everyday life at home, like castaways on a lonely island.