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"Draw Me a Tree",
Iron + paint, height 2.5 m,
My Sister, My Bride,
Iron + paint, height 2.20 m,
Wadi Nisnas, Haifa
Tree (Large) No.
Iron, height 3.10 m. diameter 3 m.
Open Museum, Tefen Industrial Park
(Large) No 2, 1999.
Iron, height 3.30 m., diameter 3 m.
Tree (Large) No.
Iron, height 3.5 m. Castra, Haifa
(Large) No. 6, 2004.
Iron, height 3.10 m. Ein Hod
Iron and bronze, height 1.90 m.
End of the Giants'
Iron and bronze, height 2.5 m. diameter 2.6 m.
In Mides Yard, 2002.
Instelation on a roof in Wadi
Iron and painted Iron, height 3 m.
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Iron, height 4.5 m. Wadi Nisnas, Haifa
When one considers the body of work that Irit Segal Israeli
accumulated over the last few years - iron pictures, outdoor
landscapes, gigantic animals and trees - many qualities
evident throughout her creations, both on the thematic
level , and in the art itself, the creative process.
Selecting iron as her canonical material, her insistence
creating 'real' works in a word bent on virtual pastimes
certainly a primary choice - to leave the beaten track
through the hinterland, the neglected areas far
Preparing the raw material is an important part of Irit
Israeli's work, consisting essentially of cutting iron
tubes into strips
that obviously retain the radius of the original tube.
That radius is
always there, a permanent element in the collage of components
assembled into a sculpture. Thus, a multiple movementderives
from the positioning and alignment of the strips, manipulated
a new state in the sculpture.
Assembled from a wealth of iron pieces, the sculpture
an act of creation, formed in an ongoing process of addition
subtraction, so that the completed work requires no modifications.
This is work that requires constant, active, and powerful
In these representations of landscapes and animals, constant
careful attention to the biblical texts and tales is far
awareness. On the contrary, there is an overwhelming sense
the artist deliberately emphasizes them, and sometimes
actually discern their presence.
The choice of an earthy, primeval material to conquer
realms, to sanctify perpetual yearning is always present
in Irit's works,
bringing to mind two dominant images. Van Gogh's cypresses
of them, and the other is the tree beside Rachel's Tomb,
a postage stamp issued during the British Mandate.
Irit Segal Israeli for more information: 23 Leah Goldberg Street,
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