Department of Fine Arts

Blanche & Romie Shapiro

Fine Art 2019, Graduate Exhibitions
inbal kapach, Untitled
, 2019, Fourth Year, Fine Arts
The space is composed of two parts. On the one side there is a wall drawing and the other side has three videos without sound.
About the drawing
"It is hard for me to avert my eyes from these paintings, which have both a sense of home and are animalistic as well, are both close and far. I can't decide if they are a caricature of mine or of myself" (Alex Beck, "like a dog")
The wall drawing was created through observation of cave drawings which, in the past, decorated the walls of hunters who documented their surroundings at the time through observation of nature and it's works. I see a connection between the act of wall drawing and the modern essay of John Berger, in which he relates to our surroundings today in relation to observation of nature.
"Why observe animals", John Berger relates a special significance to the gaze of the animal, to our gaze of the animal and to the reflective gaze within us through it. In modern times, man’s relationship in this structure has changed, which was once part of nature. It has changed to one of a patronage. "The pet completes its owner, responds to its owner's character traits, for if it were not so, they would be left without permission to exist".
Through the drawings I would like to question our place in the modern world in conjunction and within nature. Where does man find himself in relation to living things? What significance does he attribute to his connection with animals that he has domesticated?
The works on video relate to observing life, as it is, without interference rather just out of observation, just like the term: " a fly on the wall", without narrative or sound. The works leave the viewer at a loss to understand what the documentation was about. The viewer creates the reality that appears before him.
inbal kapach
Fourth Year