About Artist's Work

Manganese Dendrites

Twilight Zone
Ora kraus

To Catch The Moon
Tally Cohen Garbuz

Crack
Galit Semel

Who am I holding in my arms when I'm holding mom?
adi soffer

Transformations

Manganese Dendrites

Manganese Dendrites are not true dendrites at all, but the name given to a geological phenomena Characterized by the appearance of a tiny image of branches branching over lime rocks.

The image is created when the mineral oxide of the manganese mineral enters the cracks in the soft rock and spreads through them. The result is reminiscent of a picture of a tree growing and it sometimes seems, mistakenly, to be fossilized. But manganese dendrites are not fossils. These are images in stone, sometimes called "miniature still life."

The word dendrite is derived from the word dendron, the Greek word for tree, which also describes the simplified, neural-like form of nerve cells in the nervous system. The intricate images seem like the result of a work of art, but in reality it is nothing more than a "painting" of nature, a painting of "itself," which takes place without the intervention of a human hand.

The process of creating the works resonates with the ongoing process in nature. It begins with the encounter between ink and paper, an occurrence that is free of any interference. The ink is absorbed by the paper and the spread of the stain begins as if by itself, depending on the type of paper and the laying of ink on it. In the second stage, the intervention begins, which creates a power relationship between the material and the creator, until she chooses when to stop the process.

In this way - through practices of grasping and releasing - Veronique examines her affinity to the world, how much she allows it to work “by itself”, and when she chooses to stop the artistic event, and decide.

The idea of ​​painting as a common act of the artist, the ink and the paper exists in the Zen tradition. "It is said that the brush is an extension of the artist," but it can be said that the artist is the expansion of the paper-ink-brush. " (Dr. Jacob Raz, Zen Buddhism - Philosophy and Aesthetics).

The process of creating works is in fact a dialogue between moments of action and moments of observation, which are an integral part of artistic activity. Similarly, the manner of hanging the works invites the viewer to perceive the space between them as an inherent part of the work, as a meaningful presence.

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