Dina Shenhav//דינה שנהב
My work essentially deals with the forces of nature and man's relationship to them as a ruler and as ruled by these forces. I am interested in apocalyptic themes, and create works depicting devastation and destruction. Situations of aggressive conflicts fascinates me and I am passionate about examining the cruelty and brutality of man as oppose to the tenderness and humanity side inherent in him.
I'm interested in events or characters which are perceived as embodiment of evil. In fact I am engaged in the struggle between the two aspects, between what is defined as ‘good’ and what is defined as ‘bad’. I'm interested in the opposites that exist in situations I depict, these opposites are also expressed in the choice of material. In The End of the Forest, 2013 and D.O.A. 2016, I sculpted in sponge rubber and created a knife, a saw, a woodcutter axe, all are tools made of a hard, sharp, painful, inconsiderate material in reality, turned into soft surrender, pleasant material.
I would like to illuminate the potential of things in a way that is not clearly foreseeable. I choose to leave the traces of action on the substance, without concealment, create a workflow without effects, a process which focuses on the materials and allowing leeway and influence on the material.
In recent years I began to combine video and sound installations, my ambition for the coming years is to create large installations that combine sponge rubber, sound, video and other materials. I am working on three new projects, and hopes to accomplish them.