Myopia


Myopia1 examines a state of “Limbo”, that twilight zone between life and death. This term encapsulates, for me, that moment when the brain and body collapse into passiveness and enter into a type of emotional paralysis. Akin to that feeling of numbness that overwhelmed one while suspended between the sofa and television, watching the news during the war in the summer of 2006. I found myself glued to the screen, filled with sickening joy, and by doing so I was filled with a world of images from which this series of paintings emanated.

It was a state of subliminal despair than could not be avoided that brought to my mind the absurd trap that Gogo and Didi were in when they casually said; “Let’s hang ourselves” before going back to their normal routine.2

In the series of paintings “Myopia”, the observer is the only one that is able to see those who are sentenced to blindness. The subjects live in darkness within themselves and their surrounding, cut off and alienated from one and other. The characters are captured in the same magical circle, cut away from any specific time and place. The sacks over the heads, which repeatedly appear, function as a memento mori (remember you are mortal), as well as a reminder of the present state of limbo. The rules of reality do not apply here, like the rope binding itself around each subject.

What seems as a recurring narrative, because of the similarity to illustrative style, is in fact a collection of images with no story line that represents the state of mind that I experienced. The fluid imagery in this series is frozen in time yet disconnected by the multiplicity of styles and materials.

In the absence of a sequential narrative, the totality of the work combines into a spatially conflicting imagery, which maintains within itself an argument or a negotiation. This can be enlightened by the words of the architect, Shmuel Grog who wrote; “The space as a practice of memory is a social negotiation that determines what will be presented and what will be repressed, what will be remembered and what will be forgotten, what will be preserved and what will be destroyed, which narrative will be exhibited and which will be silenced.”3

1 “Myopia” is a medical term for the common condition of near-sightedness.

2 “Waiting for Godot”, by Samuel Beckett, 1949.

3 “Preserving and Forgetting” Block, No. 4, Summer 2007 p. 33

Date

2009