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Compensation for Loss

Compensation for Loss
2019 22”h, 16” w watercolour and collage A cracked turtle shell is repaired with Delf tiles decorated with images of a turtle and a tortoise. Losses in the natural world are compensated for with man made replicas.

Arab and European Illustrations of Ampoules

Arab and European Illustrations of Ampoules
2018 18”h, 22.5”w collage Different types of scientific illustration is played with in this collage. Electricity was the craze of the eighteenth century. Thrilling experiments became forms of polite entertainment for ladies and gentlemen who enjoyed feeling sparks, shocks and attractions on their bodies. Popular lecturers designed demonstrations that were performed in darkened salons to increase the spectacle of the so-called electric fire. The Arab example does not include representations of people and relies on depictions of the instruments.

Garden of Quantum Delights.jpg

Garden of Quantum Delights
2017 25”w, 24”h collage Bright sparks depict particles interacting with each other from a distance, known as quantum entanglement. To further illustrate this idea, images of brain circuitry, a diagram of a spinal cord and nerve endings, a map of the internet, satellites and celestial navigation are collaged. Images of celestial navigation refer to antecedents of contempoaray navigation technology.

En Cherchant Pokemon sur la Promenade des Anglais

En Cherchant Pokemon sur la Promenade des Anglais
watercolour, collage  30” w, 27” h  2016 Searching for Pokemon, the augmented reality version became a world wide sensation at the same time as there was a violent attack in Nice, on the Promenade des Anglais. This collage was inspired by a non-extant casino on the promenade and by games, such as roulette and chess. It is a statement about our “civilization” that while some are distracted from reality by game playing, terrorists are attacking innocent people out for a stroll on the promenade.

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About Anna

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Anna Fine Foer's picture
Anna Fine Foer decided she was going to be an artist when she was 11-when she lived in Paris for a summer, visiting every museum and gallery. As a fibers/crafts major at Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts) she became fascinated by the relationship between maps and the land they represent, embarking on a lifelong interest in maps and collage. After emigrating to Israel, Anna worked as a textile conservator in Haifa and Tel-Aviv. She studied at the Textile Conservation Centre,... more

Compensation for Loss: Cabinet of Curiosity

I use watecolour mixed with collage to create artifacts that would have been in a traditional Cabinet of Curiosity. A new way to consider these Cabinets of Wonder is from the viewpoint of scarcity associated with species collapse.

Broken specimens are made whole by using man-made materials to compensate for loss.

  • Compensation for Loss

    Compensation for Loss
    2019 22”h, 16” w watercolour and collage A cracked turtle shell is repaired with Delf tiles decorated with images of a turtle and a tortoise. Losses in the natural world are compensated for with man made replicas.
  • Nautilus

    Nautilus
    watercolour 2019 14” x 14” preparation of material to be reproduced as collage material to create chimerical creatures for a Cabinet of Curiosity
  • serpentem vectem

    serpentem vectem
    22.5”h, 11”w unframed x 2 watercolour, collage Studies of the natural world to be used as collage material for a series based on a Cabinet of Curiosity.
  • octopoda

    octopoda
    watercolour 2019 17”h, 12”w $1000 A study for elements to be used in a series based on a Rennaissance cabinet of curiosity. Printed copies of this watercolour will be collaged combinations of imaginary beasts.

Tulipmania

Tulipmania is a collage and watercolour series,originally made for an exhibition at the National Institutes of Health. Several aspects of a tulip’s story are illustrated; the financial impact during Tulipmania in 1630’s in Holland, a tulip’s Turkish ancestry, the ornamental history of the tulip pattern, pigmentation experimentation, a tulip’s botanical and chemical elements and an exploration of botanical illustration, specifically Dutch, seventeenth century examples.

  • Boeket Tulpen

    Tulip Bouquet
    "Boeket Tulpen" collage and watercolour 30"h 22" w An assembly of the styles and materials used throughout the series and is a culmination of more than a year's work and more time than that for research. The inspiration is a traditional Dutch, 17th century still like painting and the vase is inspired by a cabinet of curiosities. Parts of the ground, architecture, sky and flower are collaged with coloured prints of the tulip genome. Incorporating the genome sequence into the architecture enhances its impact on the history of scientific research.
  • Mosaic Virus

    Mosaic Virus
    2018 30”h, 22”w collage and watercolour During Tulipmania (Netherlands 1630-37) the most desired tulip petals were striated due to a virus. Eventually, it was a series of bulb manipulation experiments begun in 1928 by Dorothy Cayley at the John Innes Horticultural Institution in Merton, South London, England that led to the discovery of the virus. The virus is known as the tulip break virus, lily streak virus, or tulip mosaic virus. The name of the virus is a central motif in this collage, with a traditional mosaic floor pattern in the shape of a double helix.
  • Broken Tulips

    Broken Tulips
    collage and watercolour, 30”h, 22”w, 2018 Tulips that were the most desired during Tulipmania are referred to as “broken tulips”. The broken aspect is illustrated by torn, upright tulips that have broken and the shards have fallen on the ground. Iconic, tulip patterned Delft tiles form a grid similar to a garden path. The regularity of the patterned tiles is mixed with the organic, irregularity of mutated and broken blooms.
  • 1. Chloroplast

    Chloroplast
    2017 30”h, 22”w collage The chloroplast genome, supplying photosynthesis to flowers is collaged with watercolour flowers.
  • Sprinkle Gold Dust

    Sprinkle Gold Dust
    2018 collage; hand-dyed rice paper, metallic paper 36” h, 24”w During Tulipmania (Netherlands, 1630’s) alchemic experimentation; sprlnkling gold dust on bulbs, was conducted in an attempt to force the most desired, variegated petal patterns, with no understanding of the cause of disruption to the solidly coloured petals. Gold, bronze and silver coins are breaking off; scattering and realigning amongst tulips, made from orizomegami (Japanese folded and dyed paper). The graphs are of currency value fluctuations; gold compared to euros, gold vs. dollars, etc.
  • Tulip Ancestry dot Com

    Tulip Ancestry dot Com
    watercolour 2018 22”w, 30”h Tulip bulbs were brought to Holland (by way of Prague) from Turkey. In a similar way, tulip motifs, popular in Turkish textile and ceramic designs, migrated to European design. The tulips on the right are illustrated with Turkish design elements and those on the left mimic how Europeans depicted tulips in the 17th century, during Tulipmania. I thought of this as tracing the tulip bulbs’ ancestry back to Turkey, a la Ancestry dot com.
  • A Code for Tulips

    A Code for Tulips
    collage and drawing on vellum  2018  30”h, 22”w The images used are the result of the first time the tulip genome was sequenced using Oxford Nanapore technology, thanks to a geneticist from Leiden, NL. The collaged  DNA sequences  express the variegated petals that were the most desired during Tulipmania.  Three centuries later, scientists understood this variation in a tulip’s petals was the result of a virus that caused mutations to the tulip genome.
  • The Reflective DNA of Water

    The Reflective DNA of Water
    2018 collage and watercolor  34”h  26”w During Tulipmania (Netherlands, 1630’s)  and later, tulips were floated on water to create the illusion of an abundance of blooms in gardens.  In this collage, the water is composed of collaged tulip shapes using the tulip genome and of single helices also made from collaged tulip DNA code.
  • Tulipa ex Machina

    Tulipa ex Machina
    2018 watercolour 34”h 26”w The composition expresses engineered, human intervention into the propogation of tulip bulbs to create the desired effects; those of striated, variegated petals that were the most desirable during Tulipmania.
  • Hortus Botanicus

    Hortus Botanicus
    2018 30”h, 22”w collage, dyed paper flowers, mirrored paper The oldest botanical garden in the Netherlands was the site where Tulipmania blossomed. Mirrors were placed in the garden to create an illusion of an overabundance of the flowers. A collaged tribute to a Rennaisance cabinet of curiosity flanks the bottom of the composition.

Sci-Art

This category illustrates the influence science has on my work, from neuroscience to physics to mapping the human genome.

*Note: Some work in this category appears in other categories, which intentionally emphasizes the multi-layered aspect of my body of work.

  • Arab and European Illustrations of Ampoules

    Arab and European Illustrations of Ampoules
    2018 18”h, 22.5”w collage Different types of scientific illustration is played with in this collage. Electricity was the craze of the eighteenth century. Thrilling experiments became forms of polite entertainment for ladies and gentlemen who enjoyed feeling sparks, shocks and attractions on their bodies. Popular lecturers designed demonstrations that were performed in darkened salons to increase the spectacle of the so-called electric fire. The Arab example does not include representations of people and relies on depictions of the instruments.
  • Garden of Quantum Delights.jpg

    Garden of Quantum Delights
    2017 25”w, 24”h collage Bright sparks depict particles interacting with each other from a distance, known as quantum entanglement. To further illustrate this idea, images of brain circuitry, a diagram of a spinal cord and nerve endings, a map of the internet, satellites and celestial navigation are collaged. Images of celestial navigation refer to antecedents of contempoaray navigation technology.
  • Intelligent Design

    Intelligent Design 2015 collage 22.5”w, 26”h Our brains contain a narrative network that holds vast stores of information about our own and other people’s history. When you experience the world using using the narrative network, you take in information from the outside world, process it through a filter of what everything means and add your interpretation. When we percieve a moment in time; the im- age or spark is a percieved message that is transmitted nonverbally. Synaptic connections transmit these messages in a vast innerconnected network of nerve cells.
  • Fire Signals to Announce the New Moon

    26.5”w, 16”h framed collage 2014 During the Second Temple period (530 BCE - 70 CE),  Jews in Palestine and in the Babylonian exile were notified of the new moon's arrival by fire beacons that were lit across the mountaintops.  The new moon signifies the start of every Jewish month. This type of communication is visually linked to messages sent in our brain; firing neurons.  Images of the neural framework are collaged onto and into topographic maps of Israel.
  • En Cherchant Pokeomon sur la Promenade des Anglais detail

    En Cherchant Pokemon sur la Promenade des Anglais
    watercolour, collage  30” w, 27” h  2016 Searching for Pokemon, the augmented reality version became a world wide sensation at the same time as there was a violent attack in Nice, on the Promenade des Anglais. This collage was inspired by a non-extant casino on the promenade and by games, such as roulette and chess. It is a statement about our “civilization” that while some are distracted from reality by game playing, terrorists are attacking innocent people out for a stroll on the promenade.
  • A Space Elevator for Tintin

    2016 21.25”w, 25.25”h, framed An elevator transports parts of earth’s atmosphere up to the exosphere. I was sketching ideas for this collage at the same time as the massacre in Belgium and decided that if anyone needed to be beamed up and away from our planet, it should be Tintin.
  • Entangled Particles

    Entangled Particles
    2016 24” x 24” collage This collage is part of a series inspired by recent discoveries in quantum mechanics, proving Einstein’s theory that separate particles could be “entangled” so completely that measuring one particle would instantaneously influence the other, regardless of the distance separating them.
  • Foer.A. Spooky Action is Real.jpg

    2016 18”w, 26.5”h, collage The title was borrowed from a New York Times article about recent discoveries in quantum mechanics; that two previously entangled particles, even if separated by the width of the universe, could instantly interact.
  • Time and Space Continuum

    2007 22x19 framed  collage, watercolour Infinity is expressed with overlapping mobius strips representing water. Clocks show the relative, dimensional, and infinite aspects of time and space.     

Urban Landscape

These works explore the relationship of the natural world and man-made world and how we, as humans, navigate those worlds.

*Note: Some work in this category appears in other categories, which intentionally emphasizes the multi-layered aspect of my body of work.

  • don Quixote's Transit Coins to the Bronx to Defend the Grand Concourse

    don Quixote's Transit Coins to the Bronx
    collage 2019 22”h, 30”w A collage in honour of mi padre; don Fino, a very proud Bronx native and a Spanish professor who was passionate about Cervantes’ masterpiece; don Quixote.
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    Ben Franklin’s Bridge, Kite and Key
    Garden of Quantum Delights 2017 25”w, 24”h collage Bright sparks depict particles interacting with each other from a distance, known as quantum entanglement. To further illustrate this idea, images of brain circuitry, a diagram of a spinal cord and nerve endings, a map of the internet, satellites and celestial navigation are collaged. Images of celestial navigation refer to antecedents of contempoaray navigation technology.
  • Broad Street Meets Bauhaus

    Broad Street Meets Bauhaus
    2017 collage 18.5”w, 30.5”h Architecture of Broad Street, Philadelphia is the topic. The Gershman Y is in the foreground, where this work will be unveiled, in an exhibition this autumn. It looks like a swimming pool and I represented water with small blue print images of PAFA. I used to swim in the pool while I was in art school and now it is abandoned and graffitied. No one is allowed entry so I could not photograph the space for this collage series.
  • E S P

    Eastern State Penitentiary
    2017, collage, 25”w, 21”h Multiple copies of an engraving of the Eastern State Penitentiary are collaged with architectural diagrams of the iconic design of the structure. Images of the radii of the floor plan were collaged to resemble ramparts, referring to a medieval protective structure.
  • 9.11.01

    Oct, 2001    24.5”w, 32”h, framed collage, hand-colouring The World Trade Towers are made up of stock market quotes and columns of names from the first listing of victims in the newspaper. Victims' names scatter in the breeze and collect at the bottom of the towers. The moment of impact is depicted along with scenes that were recorded later, such as the disfigured rebar and the skyline without the World Trade Towers.
  • Steampunk Earthquake in Baltimore

    2011 20.25”w, 29”h framed, collage The history of Baltimore is the history of the railroad in America, as it is the farthest inland port on the east coast. The recent earthquake is shown by broken columns, which are the Shot Tower. A concentric circular map is the foundation; this 1948 map illustrates how far each circular district is from the central post office.
  • New York Without Us I

    2009 16 x 20, framed collage While reading the book “The World Without Us” I came up with the idea for these collages. Layers of the city and the geological strata are underneath it in a formation that call to mind a cistern or a well.
  • 16 juni 1637

    2015 18”w, 29”h collage, drawing I wanted to make something quickly; this project took two work days. It depicts both the journey I took on the South Street Ferry to the Governors Island and imaginative time travel back to the Dutch occupation. As I later found out, the date I finished this (June 16) is the same date when, in 1637, the Manhattan Indians sold the island to the Dutch.
  • Einstein's Thought Experiment in Central Park

    2014 22”w, 18”h, framed, collage This collage was inspired by a walk around the reservoir in Central Park and an episode of Radio Lab about one of Einstein’s Thought Experiments. The experiment involved someone wearing roller blades racing their opponent wearing a jetpak travelling 669 million miles an hour. Different speeds are represented by offset squares, in the shape of an arena.
  • les jardins de Paris

    2014 28”w, 22”h collage Historic maps of the most ancient parts of Paris are combined with landscape designs of the parks (jardins) and Montgolfier’s balloons to reimagine the cityscape. Although I have been in love with Paris since I lived there as a child, this was the first time I made a collage to represent her beauty.

Pattern

The collages in this series are based on repeat patterns.

  • ViewMaster

    ViewMaster
    collage, 21.5 x 21.5 2017 An updated version of a stereoscope allows one to change the view/scene. Climate maps, diagrams of annual rainfall and climate zones are used as a backdrop to emphasize naturally occuring conditions that are changeable. Emojis and their descripitons are the central concept; highlighting the disconnect between what people write in a text message and what they are really thinking.
  • Mozart, Marzipan and the Golden Mean

    collage 19.25”w, 21.5”h 2008 Mozart’s music is the inspiration for this collage. The images are combined in the form of the Golden Mean. Patterns are repeated at different scales and shapes to illustrate fractal geometry. The Mozart portraits come from boxes of Mozart candy, which is marzipan covered with chocolate.
  • Fractal Faction Wave Action

    19.25”w, 21.5”h collage 2008 A repeat pattern made of fractal/spiral images is collaged with charts of the galaxy.  The result is a configuration of waves to further express the infinte.
  • Globalization

    1980 30”h, 43.5”w collage, hand-drawing
  • Patterned III

    1981 collage, hand-drawing 26” w, 21” h
  • Patterned II

    1981 collage, hand-drawing 26” w, 21” h
  • Patterned I

    1981 collage, hand-drawing 26” w, 21” h
  • Blocked Map

    24”w, 20” h collage
  • Oxygen, Hydrogen, Nitrogen and Carbon

    2005 16”w, 24.75”h The elements that make up atmospheric pollution and can be derived from the earth are symbolized by a molecular diagrammatic pattern in the earth and the sky. It brings to mind the practice of greenhouse gas sublimation

Geo-Political

From the moment I used maps for collage material, I was aware of the potential to layer political statements with other concepts onto the same image.

This collection exploits that potential, for example; striped demarkations of disputed territory between Israel and Egypt are the perfect material for a pyramid.

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    Fidget Spinners Found at Al Aqsa
    2017 Collage and digital photograph 23” x 25” In this work, the artist utilized news of the recent unrest on the Temple Mount/Al Aqsa/al-Haram ash-Sharif to provide a setting for excavated spinner relics. Foer often combines images, ideas, and sources to invent her collages. A fidget spinner is a toy like a yo-yo and other skill toys. It became extremely popular this past summer.
  • Weapons Left on the Field

    2016 Presedential Campaign
    watercolour, collage, 29”w, 21”h” 2017 My response to the political turmoil experienced as a result of the 2016 Presidential campaign is an arena, where there is a lull in the fighting. The battle is fought with Tweets. I am always interested in Americans’ anxiety about how to talk to “the other side”, made even more contentious this Thanksgiving. I read many advice columns about how to deal with “drunk uncle” at a holiday gathering which led to the title Weapons Left on the Field.
  • The Air Space is Closed

    2014 22”w, 20” h collage, hand-drawing This collage is one of my reactions to the "conflict" in Gaza, during the summer of 2014. Several ideas combined while making this image, one of which was wanting to know what it means to actually close air space, fortifications and using images of the Iron Dome as architecture to look like ramparts and the barricades used to close neighborhoods for Shabbat. Images of the most ancient and most modern part of cities in Israel are combined to express the idea that the Iron Dome protected all aspects of civilian populations.
  • En Cherchant Pokeomon sur la Promenade des Anglais detail

    En Cherchant Pokemon sur la Promenade des Anglais
    watercolour, collage  30” w, 27” h  2016 Searching for Pokemon, the augmented reality version became a world wide sensation at the same time as there was a violent attack in Nice, on the Promenade des Anglais. This collage was inspired by a non-extant casino on the promenade and by games, such as roulette and chess. It is a statement about our “civilization” that while some are distracted from reality by game playing, terrorists are attacking innocent people out for a stroll on the promenade.
  • Searching for Pokemon in Istanbul

    Searching for Pokemon in Istanbul
    watercolour, collage 2016 26”w, 20”h A militairy coup in Turkey and Pokemon Go’s viral popularity occured simultaneously. I want to understand what this means for our civilization. Turkish architectural decoration is combined with images of Pokemon and the target used to pinpoint their location in a composition that unifies these seemingly disparate elements.
  • Evacuation from Sinai

    1982 36"h, 25"w, unframed collage, hand-colouring The title means "the evacuation of Sinai" and this collage was made while I was living in Israel and the Sinai peninsula was returned to Egypt. The symbolism of the pyramid represents Egypt and the map of Israel, upright and inverted, is used as part of the pyramid. The image is repeated four times because this happened in April, the fourth month of the secular calendar.
  • Disputed Territory

    1980 37"w, 24"h, framed, collage, hand-colouring Disputed territory is delineated by stripes that are similar to a pyramid's surface. This is exploited by using maps of the Sinai for a central pyramid shape. Israel is surrounded by unfriendly, neighboring countries.
  • Hidden Tunnels

    2014 20.5”w, 15.25”h, framed watercolour, collage The influence for this work is French fortifications and most of all, by tunnels in Gaza used to hide weapons and clandestine entry into Israel. The title means "hidden tunnels". It is telling, that the first new French word I learned this past summer, during the war, while In Paris, was "abri" which means shelter.

Magnetism

Magnestism interests me because it is an intermediary between the earth's polarity, inner core, and the solar system's gravity. At the same time, it describes attractions between people.

  • Magnestism: Rebecca at the Well

    2005  22" x 26" framed Several different forms of magnetic attraction are represented. The inspiration is derived from the biblical matriarch, Rebecca and the attraction between her and Isaac.
  • Magnetic Field Strength

    2012 26”w, 21”h framed, collage The idea of a magnetic field is depicted as if the magnets are a crop that grows in a field. The rows are made of collaged diagrams of polarity and maps of magnetic anomalies
  • Magnetic Field Strength detail

    2012 26”w, 21”h framed, collage The idea of a magnetic field is depicted as if the magnets are a crop that grows in a field. The rows are made of collaged diagrams of polarity and maps of magnetic anomalies
  • Imagnetization IV

    2005 collage, hand-colouring 16 x 20, framed A series that explores the combination of magnetism and geology.
  • Imagnetization III

    2005 collage, hand-colouring 16 x 20, framed A series that explores the combination of magnetism and geology.
  • Imagnetization II

    2005 collage, hand-colouring 16 x 20, framed A series that explores the combination of magnetism and geology.
  • Imagnetization I

    2005 collage, hand-colouring 16 x 20, framed A series that explores the combination of magnetism and geology.
  • Cows Grazing Along Magnetic Fields

    2012 30”w, 24”h framed Recent research proves that animals graze along magnetic fields.  The field is made of a collaged map of magnetic anomalies across the United States.
  • Cows Grazing Along Magnetic Fields detail

    2012 30”w, 24”h framed Recent research proves that animals graze along magnetic fields.  The field is made of a collaged map of magnetic anomalies across the United States.

Renewable Energy

These collages explore alternative energy in landscapes.

  • la puissance éolienne

    2012 watercolour, collage 26”w, 20"h Isometric wind turbines are in a field of oceanic wind rose compasses. The turbines are supported by bamboo poles planted in islands made of maps of the Aeolian Islands. sometric wind turbines are in a field of oceanic wind rose compasses. The French named wind power after the Greek god of wind.
  • la puissance éolienne detail

    2012 watercolour, collage 26”w, 20"h Isometric wind turbines are in a field of oceanic wind rose compasses. The turbines are supported by bamboo poles planted in islands made of maps of the Aeolian Islands. sometric wind turbines are in a field of oceanic wind rose compasses. The French named wind power after the Greek god of wind.
  • la puissance éolienne in-progress

    A view of the watercolor before the collaged maps of wind currents were added.
  • Pe'Ah: From the Corners of Our Fields

    2012 21” h, 25”w, framed collage The Torah's model of tzedakah (social justice and support) included a variety of agricultural gifts. Grain and produce that were left or forgotten during the harvest were available for the poor to glean. The corners of the fields (pe'ah) were also designated for the poor.
  • Pe'Ah: From the Corners of Our Fields detail

    2012 21” h, 25”w, framed collage The Torah's model of tzedakah (social justice and support) included a variety of agricultural gifts. Grain and produce that were left or forgotten during the harvest were available for the poor to glean.
  • Wind Farm

    2008 28”w, 23”h, framed, watercolor, collage Pinwheels are growing in fields of wind currents. The fields are made of maps of global wind currents and ocean maps with wind roses (indicating the direction of winds) were used for the sky.
  • Growing Wind in Greenland

    2008 collage, watercolour, 3-dimensional paper shapes 26”w, 26”h, 2”d Pinwheels are growing in fields of wind currents. The fields are made of maps of global wind currents and ocean maps with wind roses (indicating the direction of winds) were used for the sky. I am intrigued with the idea of growing wind. Pinwheels are depicted instead of wind turbines to generate power because they look like flowers.
  • Growing Wind in Greenland detail

    2008 collage, watercolour, 3-dimensional paper shapes 26”w, 26”h, 2”d Pinwheels are growing in fields of wind currents. The fields are made of maps of global wind currents and ocean maps with wind roses (indicating the direction of winds) were used for the sky. I am intrigued with the idea of growing wind. Pinwheels are depicted instead of wind turbines to generate power because they look like flowers.
  • Alternative Fuel Tax

    2008 27”h, 35”w, 2”deep, framed collage, watercolour, suede, straw A donkey carrying his fuel in a cart is stopped at a toll gate.  He cannot proceed without paying a toll/tax. The collaged ground is made of maps from the corn and grain producing, mid-western states.
  • Alternative Fuel Tax detail

    2008 27”h, 35”w, 2”deep, framed collage, watercolour, suede, straw A donkey carrying his fuel in a cart is stopped at a toll gate.  He cannot proceed without paying a toll/tax. The collaged ground is made of maps from the corn and grain producing, mid-western states.

Tele Geography

These collages allude to the disruption of civil discourse brought about by technological advances in "communication" and how techno-communication equipment imposes upon the landscape.

  • Tower of Babble

    2011 25 x 29 framed, collage, watercolour Cell phones fill window and door openings of a traditional image of the Tower of Babel. The builders were proud of the most advanced technology used for the construction of the tower (baking bricks) just as we are proud of our technological advances. These innovations are a distraction that permeates our culture and contribute to the undoing of civility. The multi-coloured, ephemeral shapes in the background are made of maps of American cell phone connectivity.
  • Singular Signal

    Singularity
    collage 10.25”w, 21.5”h November, 2015 A stylized image of nerve endings along a spinal column looked architectural and inspired me to exploit the possibility of creating a roof top scene.  The addition of cell phone networks images in an urban environment pushed the idea further. Combining neural networks with cell phone networks naturally led to ideas of singularity; where and when a brain and a computer will interface as a single entity.
  • Entertaining the Sacred

    2007 27”h, 35”w, collage, watercolour This collage was inspired by a traditional commentary drawn from a Torah story about tying a sacrificial goat to a bed (the night before its blood was to be spread on the lintels of a Hebrew slave’s home). At the same time it is a commentary on how we as a society are dependent upon technological entertainment, so much so that a flat screen monitor is a central, decorative element in a home. The goat does not try to escape because he is captivated by the moving images on the screen.
  • The World is Flat

    2008 collage Television screens define the boundaries of the world, as a precaution that the more we are entertained, the flatter the world becomes due to the lack of scientific inquiry and investigation. Different types of perspective are represented.
  • GPS: Globally Positioned Sheep

    collage, watercolour 2009 25”w, 21”h Sheep, walking in the streets of Washington D.C. cannot find their way without the help of GPS. A sheep who is not “wired-in” to the latest technology watches from a distance. The streetscape is collaged maps of DC streets and the National Mall.
  • Golem and His Goat

    2008 22"h, 18.5"w, framed collage A golem, accompanied by his goat is made out of a techno landscape. The most famous golem was created by saintly rabbi who miraculously brings to life a clay giant who helps him watch over the Jews of sixteenth-century Prague. Using the same imagery for the landscape and the Golem is a purposeful blending to reinforce his formation from earth.
  • Tele Aqueduct

    2010 19" h, 23.5" w framed digital photo, collage An aqueduct is constructed with cell phones; a material in great supply in Israel. Messages are carried, rather than water.
  • Tele Geography

    2011 19" h, 23.5" w framed digital photo, collage A wall, separating Palestinian territory from Israel is made out of cell phones that are another type of wall, cutting off social interactions. from an editorial by Tom Friedman in the New York Times, 28 March, 2010 Israel’s erecting of a wall around the West Bank to prevent Palestinian suicide bombers from entering Israel (there have been no successful attacks since 2006), along with the rise of the high-tech industry in Israel — which does a great deal of business digitally and over the Internet and

Press

This category is a curated example of press reviews of exhibitions that include my work or of solo exhibitions.