"visiting art studio mirit Ben-Nun hosting tour groups"|
ink and acrylic on paper
mirit ben nun : Shortness of breath |
'Shortness of breath' is not only a sign of physical weakness , it is a metaphor for a mental state of strong desire that knows no repletion
more and more , an unbearable glut , without repose . mirit ben Nun's type of work on the other hand requires an abundance of patience . this is a sisyphean work ( requiring hard labor ) of marking lines and dots , filling every empty millimeter with brilliant blots . Therefore we are facing a paradox or a logical conflict . A patient and effortful work that stems from an urgent need to cover and fill , to adorn and coat . Her craft of layering reaches a state of a continuous ceremonial ritual .
This ritual digests every object into itself - useful or discarded -- available and ordinary or rare and exceptional -- they submit and devote to the overlay work . mirit bn gathers scrap off the streets -- cardboard rolls of fabric , assortments of wooden boards and pieces , plates and planks -- and constructs a new link , her own syntax , which she alone is fully responsible for . The new combination -- a type of a sculptural construction -- goes through a process of patching by the act of painting .
in fact mirit regards her three dimensional objects as a platform for painting , with a uniform continuity , even if it has obstacles , mounds and valleys . These objects beg her to paint , to lay down colors , to set in motion an intricate weave of abstract patterns that at times finds itself wandering the contours of human images and sometimes -- not . In those cases what is left is the monotonous activity of running the patterns , inch by inch , till their absolute coverage , till a short and passing instant of respite and than on again to a new onset .
Next to this assembly of garbage and it's recycling into 'painted sculptures' mirit offers a surprising reunion between her illustrated objects and so called cheap african sculpture
popular artifacts or articles that are classified in the standard culture as 'primitive' .
This combination emphasizes the difference between her individualistic performance and the collective creation which is translated into cultural cliches . The wood carved image creates a moment of peace within the crowded bustle
an introverted image , without repetitiveness and reverberation . This meeting of strangers testifies that Mirit' work could not be labeled under the ´outsiders art´ category . She is a one woman school who is compelled to do the art work she picked out to perform . Therefore she isn't creating ´an image´ such as the carved wooden statues , but she produces breathless ´emotional jam' whose highest values are color , motion , beauty and plenitude . May it never lack , neither diluted , nor dull for even an instant