My art—like my life—is based on the story of my family, the history of my generation, my culture, what I see, and those I meet. The German accent of my paternal family and the American accent of my maternal family both immigrated to Israel combined with my present Israeli accent while living in the USA is a symbol for my art on generational efforts to assimilate. The skepticism manifested in my art is a product of my multicultural Israeli upbringing in a country that hasn’t yet fully defined itself and the influences of being an expatriate in Germany and the USA. This instability

of identity linked to nationalism in today’s world causes me to question the cultural reality around me whether I am in America, Israel or Germany. Through the act of self displacement I lived in Europe, the Middle East and the USA I explore self-definition and global identity issues in my art.

 

When I make comparisons of my inherited rituals to the surroundings in each new place, I thereby displace my own individual perspective on life. Through such experiences, my art is continually enriched by new vocabulary of mixed cultures and seeks to break through conventional borders imposed by locals/natives. In absorbing the world

through interacting with others, I take something unfamiliar from their background and filter it through my visual language into something collectively understandable. The search to define myself motivates my passion to create.

It is essential to me to keep a wide visual vocabulary in my work. Each medium I choose to use is in correlation with my subject of investigation. I’m searching for the right form to elaborate the content. Drawing and Painting, video, sound, thread and other mixed media are found materials in my work.

© 2016 by Avigail Manneberg