These layered drawings are about memory, about family, about how the past lingers in our present and our future. They begin with black and white photographs, worn with age and love, done on sheets of translucent and transparent Dur-alar. The personalities emerge in black, while the colors of the background are seen through the translucent layers which mimic the ways in which memories fade. The more brightly colored top layers contain dream and fantasy elements.
One Thing to Remember for me is our connection to nature, to the environment around us. It breaks my heart to think of all the animals and plants we have lost. Scientists estimate that 150-200 species become extinct every 24 hours. If we continue to ignore our connection, if we don’t remember in time, we accelerate our own extinction. For my One Thing to Remember series, hung as a vertical totem, I chose five endangered species. The Asian Elephant, Arun Leopard, Tapanuli Orangutan, Forest Owlet and Gopher Tortoise, are combined with five examples from humanity from around the world. We are not so different after all.
One Thing To Remember is an international exhibition curated by Karmela Berg. Each artist was asked to create a work on the theme, 100cm long and 20 cm wide, that we could mail to her in a standard size envelope. The show was to open in 2020 but was postponed due to the pandemic. It opened in Hovinkartano, Finland on July 30, 2022 and will be on exhibit there until August 1, 2022. It will travel to Galleri Schaeffers Gate 5 in Oslo, Norway and next to The Herzliya Artists’ Residence and gallery exhibition space in Herzliya, Israel.
From curator, Karmela Berg (Ramat Aviv, Israel)
"We live mostly in the present. At the same time we think and plan our future. From time to time, once in a while, we look to the past. This group of amazing artists are here sharing their moments (episodes) with One Thing To Remember. They are inviting us to take part in those tiny blocks of memories, which reveal and construct their personalities."