Artwork By AMY KANKA VALADARSKY
I am eight years old. A new country, a new language, no friends. Our small house, one of many identical cubes lining the street, overlooks endless dunes stretching all the way to the sea. The backyard – a square patch of dry soil, one stolen onion plant fighting to survive under the bedroom window. Near the wall, the wooden crate that held our belongings serves as my playground.
Forty-five years later, a Jasmin scented climber crawls on the wooden roof of the freshly painted playhouse. I spread a handful of soil on photographic paper, watching the sun turn paper white into pinks, mauves, yellows, and browns. Behind me, in the vegetable patch, two rows of green onion leaves sway in the breeze. This garden, this soil, is not just something I love. It’s who I am. It holds yesterday’s memories and tomorrow’s promises – the lemon tree bursts with yellow, aromatic fruit, perfect for homemade limoncello. If life hands you lemons …
Under the blooming anemones lay two thousand years of Jewish history. This land is my dad’s resting place, one day it will be mine. “Generations come, and generations go, but the earth remains forever.” I hope so.
‘Adama,’ the title of this portfolio, is the Hebrew word for earth. Nestled within it, rests ‘Adam’ – in Hebrew – a human being. This portfolio is my way of embracing this land, acknowledging I am part of her and she is part of me. Each image started as a Lumen print created with sun, rain, earth as well as natural bits and bytes from the kitchen and the garden. Combined with fragments of digital photographs and scanned images each print becomes a story, a wish, a prayer.
May we respect, enjoy and protect this earth.
May it support and bring joy to our children, grandchildren and the generations to come. Amen.
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Written By Joelcy Kay – Curator
Every piece of art, crafts, or textiles, hanging on my walls or ceiling tells a tiny passage of my life. Most of it was acquired during my travels. Many of these treasures are damaged whether because they were broken on arrival, as the pieces were tightly stuffed into my backpack, or weathered by the unforgiving Florida tropical humidity. But in the end, they are my precious processions and they are part of the stories I tell. It feels good to have rugs hanging from the ceiling, masks on the walls, and drinking my morning coffee thinking of the mugs’ tale. The point here is that art has a lot to offer each one of us; ART IS VERY PERSONAL!
The NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY offers that personal experience as the individual has the opportunity to buy the art from the creator and by doing so a new event to remember is born. When you hang the work of art on your wall there is a story behind it; an artist you now know and follow. And instead of the usual “I purchased this at “WWW(BIG BIG ART STORE).COM” the connection enriches the emotional value of your art piece.
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