Artists: Jean Edelstein, Jessica Wohl, Saskia Keeley, Betty Green, & IsraAID
"DISASTER SERIES" by Jean Edelstein
Jean Edelstein seeks the sacred. As she deploys the creative to approach the Divine, her art resonates with spirit. Edelstein's elegant aesthetic is melded with finely honed craftsmanship and expansive inventiveness into abstract icons, inspirational figural studies, innovative performances and compassionate political commentaries.
"The Disaster Series was inspired by black and white photographs accompanying journalistic accounts of world crisis. I was deeply moved by the tragedy and heroism of these anonymous men and women who suffer the ravages of military conflict."
-Jean Edelstein in a interview with Jewish Artists Initiative (JAI) of Southern California
will be on display in the Spiegel Auditorium
"LOVE THY NEIGHBOR" by Jessica Wohl
From the exhibition Love Thy Neighbor
The turning tides in this country have left our communities bifurcated and broken. I am awakened by this chaos: active, engaged and concerned. These quilts attempt to mend this conflict, as they offer protection, warmth and comfort to those who seek respite from anger, pain and despair. I also use abstractions of neighborly structures; fences, gates, hedges, and walls, to separate the viewer from something lovely yet inaccessible beyond their reach. By putting the viewer on one side of this barrier, I recall redlining, gerrymandering and other systematic forms of racism and classism that divide communities with visible and invisible barriers.
A quilt, by definition, is an object that harmoniously brings together disparate pieces into one inseparable, functional form. The fabrics in these quilts have been found or purchased from thrift stores and yard sales across the country. They are hand-me-downs, throwaways, stained, smelly, loved, discarded and Someone Else’s. Like the makeup of our country, they are Others that become one, and their unification can call to attention the magnitude of what is possible when varied and different parts come together harmoniously.
Will be on display in the Dortort Foyer
Since Syria’s civil conflict broke out in 2011, the Middle East refugee crisis has become one of the world’s largest humanitarian disasters, with over six million internally displaced and more than six million refugees fleeing into neighbouring countries. Since 2013, IsraAID has been deeply involved in the international response across 10 countries; from early relief distributions in Jordan and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, to medical services, psychological first aid and longer-term mental health support to refugees in Greece and Germany. Our teams welcomed literally hundreds of thousands of refugees as they arrived in Western Europe, following precarious journeys. As needs change, IsraAID is increasingly focusing on longer-term programs that deal with stress reduction, resilience building, integration, and community empowerment.
"Stories of Courage and Resilience", gives you a glimpse into how IsraAID responds to emergencies and supports local communities around the world - from crises and disasters, to rehabilitation and recovery.
"ROOTS NON-VIOLENCE" by Saskia Keeley
MY MISSION IS TO CREATE POWERFUL VISUALS THAT RAISE AWARENESS AND INSPIRE HOPE.
I believe disparate cultures can be bridged through recognition of our common humanity. Fostering such empathetic connection is especially fulfilling for me when women, children, and people from less visible parts of the globe are brought out of darkness and into light.
Over the past two years photographer, Saskia Bory Keeley partnered with Roots, an initiative led by a Palestinian and Israeli settler committee who works at the heart of the conflict in the West Bank.
Saskia conducted photo workshops for Orthodox Jewish Israeli and Palestinian women who would otherwise have no contact. An important part of the program was to develop photographic skills (20 good-quality DSLR cameras were purchased and donated to Roots for this purpose.) Just as essential was the opportunity for women "from the other side" to interact in a daily setting, many for the very first time in their lives.
The photos that came out of their assignments were striking and often touchingly personal in their portrayal of both loved ones in intimate settings (when they took the cameras home) and perceived enemies in the context of the workshop sessions. Most importantly, the cameras created a human bridge, breaking down barriers and fostering contact as women took portraits of each other necessitating human connection.
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"EARTH RHYTHMs" by Betty Green
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Betty Green is a fine artist whose work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. Green attended Cornell University and UCLA, where she studied painting under Richard Diebenkorn. In addition to painting, Ms. Green has worked as a graphic designer and is the winner of a Primetime Emmy Award for title design, as well as the recipient of an International Clio Award. She has created signature openings for many television and motion picture projects. Her contributions to the arts also include the development of an after school Art Enrichment Program at the Neighborhood Youth Association in Venice, California. She was
awarded The Certificate of Tribute – Accomplishments in the Arts by the City of Los Angeles for her work with these children. Green currently works in her Santa Monica studio where she experiments with a variety of mixed media techniques to create her canvases.
Betty Green’s mixed media series entitled Earth Rhythms presents a series of paintings inspired by the undulating patterns in nature and the pulsing energy connecting all living forms. Using natural and man-made materials, her canvases are layered with heavily textured materials such as sand, cord, wood scraps, steel wool, straw, and wire mesh to create an energetic surface. Color, applied by brush and palette knife, furthers the feeling of vitality. The combined effect creates a visceral liveliness, as shifting patterns play with our inclination to see recognizable objects in abstract shapes. Green’s paintings seek to create excitement and beauty on a tactile and emotional level. Her hope is that viewers will study her artwork and make their own discoveries and connections.
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