Avraham Eilat

Die Galerie 21 zeigte in ihrer Ausstellung vom 24. April bis zum 4. Juni 2010 Arbeiten des israelischen Künstlers Avraham Eilat.

« The Fear of What is Suddenly Too Late »

“I began working on this body of work in 2000 while in Paris. I used to go to the Louvre, spending hours in the Egyptian wing, examining and learning from the magnificent artistic achievements of unknown and gifted craftsmen who, for thousands of years, created amazing sculptures, paintings, jewellery and other objects of interest. Today we think of their work as a very high art, but did those craftsmen consider themselves artists?

When you examine carved hieroglyphs, you discover that many of them were done by simple copyists, trained to carve signs and symbols, perhaps not even knowing the meaning of what they wrote. Everything is correct and in the right order, but their work is dry and technical, similar to what we see on gravestones in our cemeteries. However, you also discover many others, obviously created by people with a natural artistic sensitivity to form and line, to rhythm and composition, to the effect of light on carved spaces. This kind of awareness and appreciation cannot be taught.

But for me, the most inspiring moment in the Louvre was when I first entered the replica of a mastaba reconstructed in its Egyptian wing. A mastaba is an ancient tomb of a noble man or high official in the old kingdom. The walls are fully decorated from bottom to top with paintings describing everyday life– balls and hunting, farming and fishing, worshiping and fighting and every other aspect of the deceased person’s life. It suddenly occurred to me that this visual way of recording life ( also practiced by other ancient cultures such as Assyrian and Babylonian) which is a part of my heritage, was very effective and colourful. I decided to try adopting it to my quest to express my thoughts and feelings of modern life in general, and the Middle East reality, in particular. I was born in this part of the world and now I live a complicated and dangerous life here where all the same elements mentioned above still exist.”

Avraham Eilat