The candles have been lit, the incense has been burnt; my work now vibrates in the rooms of gallery Circle 1 until December 23rd. What started as a vague idea of creating artwork for a list of magical plants, has years later finally taken shape. Now was the point when everything fell into place naturally. It was preceded by searching and researching, trial and error, sowing, growing, loss and gain in the very basic and earth-bound occupation as a gardener and harvester. The first hand study of the actual plants laid the foundation, my rediscovered love for ink became the tool for manifesting my visions.
The installation is hence titled “Harvest” and consists of an earthen altar with dried plants and harvest related offerings: self baked bread, honey from the neighborhood and self-made beeswax candles. The souls and spirits that were contained in the once alive, now dead corpora of the plants, find a new house in the form of fetishistic ink drawings: the “Sigilla Magica” series.
With these new forms I also found an own language, which aims to both entertain and communicate memes to the viewer. 12 ink drawings reference 11 magical plants as well as the ‘queen bee’ – “Regina Bombina” – governing the vital interaction between plants and pollinators. In addition, 2 anthropomorphic drawings depict the Aconite and Mandragora in half-human form, as the armed and poison-dart struck “Wolf Shaman” and beheaded and re-headed “Regina Amandrakina” with her freakish offspring. Lastly, 2 botanical studies of the roots of the Aconite and Mandragora are meant to act as a bridge between abstraction and realism and honor the individual and fascinating shape of each in detail.
Some of the works:
Impressions from the vernissage:
Video of the harvest installation – for each plant there is one ink drawing imbued with the corresponding plant tincture. What started out as a vague idea of creating individual artwork for a list of magical plants has years later finally taken shape. The works are part of "Bad Intentions" exhibition at @circle1gallery and can be viewed Thursday-Saturday, from 12:00 – 18:00, until Dec 23. #circle1 #berlin #gallery #exhibition #exhibitionopening #vernissage #installationart #harvest #magicalplants #plantamagica #witchplants #witchherbs #magicherbs #altar #ritual #ritualart #conceptart #inkdrawings #originalart #occultart #sigillamagica
Impressions from the exhibition opening at @circle1gallery Curator Avi Pitchon with the "Harvest" installation. It has been a huge honor for me to be able to show my work alongside such strong artists and especially within such a special cultural context. It means very much to me and I hope this is the beginning of something new… The exhibition runs until December 23. Go and check it out! #exhibitionopening #vernissage #gallery #circle1 #badintentions #art #sigillamagica #harvestinstallation #berlinart #artandculture
More impressions from the exhibition opening at @circle1gallery – the topic and objects gave food for thought. On the wall oposit my harvest altar you see the suicide hitler and the incredibly realistic miniature of a levitating suicide bomber by Osama Zatar. #circle1 #gallery #badintentions #exhibitionopening #vernissage #osamazatar #inthenameofgod #suicidehitler #meravkamel #halilbalabin #art #berlin
Thanks to all involved!
17.11.-23.12.2017 – Bad Intentions,
a group exhibition curated by Avi Pitchon and Alona Harpaz
Thursday – Saturday
Mittenwalder Straße 47
November 25, 2017
Tags: exhibitions, poisonous plants, sigilla magica plantarum, harvest, plant art, regina amandrakina, planta magica, art, magical plants, plant mythology, wolf shaman, exhibition opening, gallery, circle 1, berlin, vernissage, installation, ink drawings, avi pitchon, israeli artists, palestinian artists, regina bombina