May 2016 - July 2017: I have begun the artist residency ARIM, based in Jerusalem. As ARIM artist in residence, I am working on a series of handmade dioramas with locally gathered material to recount life experiences in Israel and Palestine. As part of my necessary immersion in the region's diverse cultural and political landscape, I am taking part in various grassroots activism and teach drawing and painting to inhabitants of either side of the Green Line. Living in Jerusalem has radically transformed my way of doing art. While I continue to paint the portraits of individuals I meet, I have also begun exploring the use of rawer materials to engage further with my surroundings. As my two small children (1.5 and 3.5 years) also go about their own adaptation, they too provide me with invaluable sources of inspiration and experimentation.
|Looking onto the Old City of Jerusalem from the Haas Promenade. Watercolour on cereal box, 2016.|
|Eye-witness from the tour-bus with Rabbis for Human Rights. Watercolour on cereal box, 2016.|