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Monday, December 05, 2011

Nomi Drory - Artist of Distinction


Nomi Drory was recently named an Artist of Distinction in Still Point Art Gallery's exhibition: The Abstraction Attraction! She also received a Portfolio Award and, as a result, will have a portfolio of her work published in the gallery's art and literary journal, Still Point Arts Quarterly
Nomi Drory was born in Bolivia, raised in Israel, and then moved to Canada as an adult. Through her experience as an immigrant she developed both a pervasive sense of dislocation and a paradoxical attachment to disparate places. The contrasting cultures and the combination of man-made and natural environments experienced on four different continents have helped to direct the material and thematic content of Drory's art. In addition, her training in Israel as an architect between 1983 and 1989 influenced her artistic process and concerns.
Gray Memorial and Wall

Nomi Drory has four paintings in the exhibition; two are shown here. These are from her Dichotomy Series. In her words:
In this series, I have attempted to distill the symbolic and utilitarian essence of two iconic, monumental architectural structures, the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin and the Israeli West Bank Barrier,  highlighting their metahistorical independence and interdependence. I have also sought simultaneously to explore and confront two of the darkest elements of my personal identity and familial history.

I am the daughter of a father who was born in the Hungarian-speaking region of the former Yugoslavia. The sole member of his family to survive the Holocaust, he escaped Europe to the newly-founded State of Israel, which became for him not only a refuge but a guardian. His first home in Israel was the abandoned house of a Palestinian Arab family. I am also the daughter of an Israeli-born mother, a non-religious socialist and human rights advocate who saw herself as more of a Canaanite than a Jew.

Red Memorial and Wall
Dedicated in May 2005, on the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial commemorates the murder of six million Jews at the hands of Hitler and his Nazi forces. Designed by Peter Eisenman, it occupies 19,000 square meters of space near the Brandenburg Gate and is made up of 2,711 gray stone slabs of various heights that bear no markings. The Israeli West Bank Barrier is a border separation comprised of fences, vehicle-barrier trenches, and an 8-meter-tall concrete wall built partly along the 1949 Armistice Line between Israel and the Palestinian West Bank. The barrier is referred to by Israelis as the Anti-Terrorist Fence and by Palestinians as the Apartheid Wall.
In juxtaposing Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial with the Israeli West Bank Barrier, I have attempted to represent viscerally the tragic dichotomy inherent in the founding of Israel: the creation of a safe home for the historically victimized Jewish people and the displacement of the Palestinian people. I was drawn to depict these two monumental structures because of their symbolic resonance and literal physical architectures.
The wall upon which the pieces in this series are hung also evoke for me my personal reality here and now in Canada. Though the subject matter of this series is drawn from the politics of Israel and Palestine, I see this series as quintessentially Canadian. Moving to Canada in my late twenties, especially to multicultural Toronto, enabled me to gain the geographical and socio-cultural distance necessary to listen to and hear the voice of the Other--which is what is at the heart of this series.  
During her career Nomi Drory has explored a variety of art media and disciplines. She began exhibiting in Israel in 1989; at that time she was studying architecture and presented and received honors for her work in that field. In 1995 she exhibited drawings and ceramic sculptures in Sydney, Australia. By 1999 she had turning to painting and, since then, her work has been shown in New York and extensively throughout Toronto. 
Gray Memorial and Wall. 48 x 24 inches. Mixed media on board. $1500
Red Memorial and Wall. 40 x 20 inches. Mixed media on board. $1200
Visit Nomi Drory's website 

2 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Nomi Drory. Magnificent Work!

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  2. congratulations Nomi I like your story and art life

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