As an artist living in Israel, I am enthralled by the awesome creative opportunities I have as an active player in realizing the amazing Zionist miracle, the national liberation of the Jewish people. The great biblical miracle of liberating one nation of thousands from enslavement in the one country of Egypt after 210 years of exile pales in comparison with the Zionist miracle in our time of liberating millions of Jews from persecution, pogroms, and Holocaust in scores of countries after 2000 years of exile and bringing them home to Israel.
Root and Branches
The ingathering of the Jewish people into their ancestral homeland of Israel at the time that many other peoples are being dispersed into new host countries would seem to be a countertrend to the powerful forces of globalization. However, the rebirth of the Jewish State and the ingathering of the exiles plant roots that provide the sure footing required to play the fast-moving globalization game. Sixty years after its rebirth, Israel has emerged as a major player in the global world of hi-tech.
As a Zionist artist working at the intersections of art, science, technology, and culture, I create artworks that combine pride in my Jewish roots with an overview of a networked world. I explore the creative tension and energetic interplay between narrow unidirectional thought and open-ended systems thought, between spiritual and material realms, between traditional values and scientific and technological development, between subjugation and freedom, between war and peace, between hatred and brotherhood, between local action and global outreach, and between being rooted in one’s own culture and exploring others. This tension and interplay is the stimulus and raw material for creating art to revitalize Jewish culture while offering fresh directions for the growth of art globally.