Thursday, October 9, 2014

RUTHI HELBITZ COHEN ISRAELI ARTIST

Excerpted from: Some Thoughts on Ruthi HELBITZ Cohen
By Ory Dessau
Ruthi Helbitz Cohen's work operates in a graduated manner. In order to capture its unique qualities, one must first address each of its layers individually.... 
In order to try and understand the experience shaped by the model of selfhood offered in Helbitz Cohen's work, one must turn to focus on the materials of which it is composed and on the manner in which they are treated. Helbitz Cohen's "masks" are made of paper – layered and painted parchment paper strips and cuttings. Created through the use of a mixed technique, these are both works on paper and works in paper. Helbitz Cohen removes painting from its support, while transforming the support into the painterly material itself....
Helbitz Cohen's paper cuttings reveal themselves to have been processed in accordance with a certain plan, image or vision; at the same time, it seems that she underscores her inability to control the material with which and upon which she works. She uses the paper to rehabilitate an expressive form of action, a process of manual labor that seems all but obsolete.....
The qualities produced by the material manipulation of the paper are affiliated with the themes addressed in Helbitz Cohen's work. She examines the instability of identity and selfhood by means of a material – parchment paper – that serves to cover, package and preserve other materials in everyday life. The allusion to the daily uses of this material direct us towards a horizon pregnant with psychological meaning. At the same time, this allusion may also be considered to be a game, a joke almost, concerning the psychological dimension of art. Although one cannot decide the question of intentionality, the fragile, vulnerable and unstable quality of this form of painting – devoid of both a support and of substance – allows it to be associated with symptoms of speculation and remembering, of hallucinations, nightmares or fantasies. Each one of these symptoms has the power to bring to life an entire world, yet also to sentence it to death.


















1 comment:

Anonymous said...

very exciting work, thank you!