RONIT KERET
Art Market|Issue #50 August 2020
A QUESTION OF THE HUMAN CONDITION

After all, Solo Exhibition, 2014, installation view, styrofoam, 600x400 cm Ronit Keret © All rights reserved.

Ronit Keret, Born in Jerusalem, Lives, and works in Haifa and Tel Aviv. Keret has graduated from Hamidrasha Beit-Berl College of Art (2005-2009) and has a MA in Arts Education, at Leeds University, England (1998-2001).

In recent years, Keret, a multidisciplinary artist, is mainly engaged in site-specific installations and video-art.

Her work deals with the ecological crisis, such as the melting glaciers that have been changing due to the nature of the human activity that abuses earth's natural resources. The nature of the material used varies, and Keret focuses on industrial waste such as packaging (Styrofoam, cardboard, etc.) and other industrial compounds. In her works, Keret describes the transitions between good and evil in looking at human and nature relations and the gap between childhood dreams and catastrophic reality.

After all, Solo Exhibition-installation view, styrofoam, 600x400 cm, 2014. Ronit Keret © All rights reserved.

Late-night visions provide the source for most of my work. The oscillation between the conscious and unconscious; the quest for novel and alternative worlds and the unraveling of the connections between them; the marriage of the imaginative and the autobiographical - it all nourishes my sculptures, installations, paintings, and lately, also my video pieces, and create a meditative and aesthetic experience.

The paintings range from the figurative to the abstract. The abstract works are embedded with fields of monochromatic colors that range from greys to deep blues, from crystal greens to intense ocher. This almost-corporal expressionist, as well as transparent and lucid paintings, aims to capture painting's overwhelming power as an act in the world.

The recognizable forms and images that emerge or flicker through the layers of colors suggest the artistic struggle between representation and abstraction, between restraint and freedom, between the legible and the illegible.

Figure 3, styrofoam, 84 x 32 x 17 cm Ronit Keret © All rights reserved.

The figurative paintings are flooded with ladders, tubes, strange monstrous creatures, symbolic landscapes that seek to bridge the world below with the world above while facing fragile human existence.

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