Thursday, January 22, 2009
This week I was inspired by the concept of one`s aggression being the source of their own vulnerability and weakness, or vice versa. This image is of Medusa as both threatening and weak, weighed down by her extreme aggression. It is the vicious cycle of one who cannot control or balance one`s emotions, turning them into a self-inflicting tool of despair.
I wish I could have worked more on this. It was sketched out in oil on board.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Right now the world is so focused on the unfortunate plight of the Gazan civilians, that little is left to consider the fact that Israel has been under constant attack by both Hamas and Hezbollah for the past 8 years, during which thousands of lives have been altered, hundreds have been murdered in cold blood, and attacks have continued to this very day on cities like Sderot, Ashdod, Ashklelon, and recently Beer Sheva (where the large majority of my family lives) and the North.
Therefore, the topic of "contained" struck me in more ways than one - Israel itself is a country contained within a sea of hostile powers surrounding it on all sides. Here in Jerusalem, we too are contained by the attacks that have now reached Beer Sheva and the North, and almost feel as if there is nowhere to venture beyond our city. Don`t get me wrong, I`m not complaining - it`s starting to look like the Center is the safest place to be in Israel these days. And in Israel things go on as normal. But we are all hoping and praying for better days.
Posted by Shiran at 7:48 AM