Résumé

In the early 2000s, I began dealing with issues that concern man’s interference with the natural order through genetic enhancement and cloning. The tiny pieces I created during that period address man’s inability to notice disruptions and deal with the harmful consequences of his actions. This artistic move has led me to examine my own identity, split in many ways and ridden with conflict, oscillating between cultures. Looming above it all, like a dark cloud, was the fact of my being the daughter of Polish holocaust survivors, who had immigrated to Germany at the end of World War II. Dealing with identity brought up some alarming memories which, previously silenced, were now piling one on top of the other. The essence and deceptive nature of memory became central motifs in my work. Knitted chains made from horse-hair taken from the family farm in Germany, reminiscent of damaged DNA sequences, were the first appearance of this theme in her art. I later used the same hair to knit tiny spiders that resonated with Louise Bourgeois’ “Maman”.

During the recent year, I began to process the family collection of photographs, which has since become a Pandora’s Box for me. I recover images from its depths and confronts them by placing them on sheets of parchment, hoping to retell the story of my own life, and try to come to terms with the interrupted story of my family.

As a multimedia artist, I translate all those issues through drawings, paper cuttings, video art, animation and performance.

Click for English CV
Click for Hebrew CV

Born in Germany.

1972 - Emigrated to Israel.
1984-1988 - Studied at the Avni Art College, Tel Aviv.

Address 6 Shvil Hameretz, Tel Aviv, 6653522, Israel
Tel/Fax +972-3-6495499
Mobile +972-52-2205110
email belleshafir@gmail.com