Aya Eliav paints at her new St. Helena studio.
TEL AVIV / BARCELONA
WINTER 2018 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
ST. HELENA, CA STUDIOS
Recurring images throughout the last years in my works are trees, houses, ships, and forlorn landscapes. These symbolize the search for a meaning of “home”, which is a place one yearns for, a place of ease and comfort.
It is also a search for identity, since we are defining ourselves by our reflection in the surroundings. This search is a long journey, and it involves a wandering that might end up in meaningful substance, but might not.
These themes originate from my personal experiences (living in between places), and my memoires, as well as collective recollections of my nation: life in the diaspora, the yearning for a homeland, and the inner conflicts of living in a young state with no permanent borders and intricate by definition.
The works could be interpreted as yearning for stability, for roots, as well as the self-inquiry whether existing without it is possible.
Aya Eliav was born in Tel Aviv, (1977), lives and works in Barcelona.Graduated from the Art and Design Academy Bezalel, Jerusalem, 2002, and had obtained a grant for studies at the Academy of fine Art, Rome, 2003. Eliav has been working as a multimedia artist since 2006, exhibiting solo and group exhibitions world wide, Among them:
Galeria Vanguardia, Bilbao, 2015; BIM - Bienale del Imagen en Movimiento, Buenos Aires, 2014; Swab Art Fair Barcelona, 2014; The Barbican Institute, London, 2012; Haifa museum of art, Israel, 2012; Videobrasil Festival, Sao Paulo, 2011, 2013; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Beijing, China, 2010
Her works are featured in different privet and public collections such as:
Bank Hapoalim Collection, Israel; Bank Leumi Collection, Israel; The Orient Jerusalem Collection Israel; The Olympic Art Center Beijing, China
Aya Eliav, 2018