Creating – is an endless search and adventure into the inner truth
To express Creation, the Birth of the Worlds – it is parallel to an inner search.
It’s a surprise to me, again and again, to realize that making a painting, creating art, as well as writing, it’s a methodical conscious and unconscious form of search into the inner truth, the inner thoughts; side by side with the urge for adventure.
From the dawn of humanity human feelings have been expressed in painting, in sculpture – as truth passionate feelings, “experiences of the soul”.
And so, in late 2014, I gave myself a complete freedom – without fear, with no pain, without limits, with no time restrictions, without color limits – I had just one thing in mind – to express my feelings on the subject – “At the beginning” (Genesis, בראשית).
And I let myself go with that feeling of the heavenly event.
I remember one thing from this event – dizziness! I was eager to express passionately my initial basic feelings, wanted to sacrifice my logical thoughts for the sake of letting go, but what I felt was – dizziness. 😮
As soon as I let myself “to loose the ground”, I went into kind of ecstasy and the colors themselves led me.
The essence of life is expressed in art, by art; it is impossible to separate them from one anther.
Graduation Exhibition at Ravensbourne College of Art, London 1978
It is customary to say “At dawn one can see the coming day”, and so this time I am writing about my graduation exhibition at Ravensbourne College of Art, London in 1978.
After so many years, I can say that in many ways the Anti War Show of 1978 reflects to this day my work, my ideas.
The theme of my exhibition was “Anti War”. The show included different types of works – Large paintings, Submarine sculpture, Silk screen prints, Outdoor display and Written manifest as art-work. Already in my second year in college, I insisted on making a short film (8 mm, 22 minutes) which was indirectly related to the same subject matter of Anti War – “Manna” (Looking for a leader).
At that exhibition, and over the years, I realize that I choose the materials to work with – according to the subject matter (for good or for bad 😊), and try not to “stick” to one form of art.
The works in the Anti War exhibition included very large iron bars of 2 meters high, that symbolize a submarine – THE symbol of weapon of war. The statue of the submarine in its symbolic-minimalist form was chosen for several reasons: These were the years when “Polaris” ballistic missiles were provided on submarine-based as nuclear weapons systems. 1968-1996 Also at the time, there were many demonstrations and marches against the Polaris. In addition, on a personal level, my husband was missing, with a crew of 69 Israeli soldiers of The Dakar submarine, that went missing in the Mediterranean during the Cold War.
Nothing Changed – Weapon is most important!
The main theme of the exhibition was “The Flag”. The flag was introduced in the exhibition in many forms – A fiberglass flag, colorless and without a nationalistic identity, waving on a minimalistic submarine-sculpture.
A painting of a patriot man proudly carried a national flag, being so eager carrying the flag that it covered also his eyes.
Outdoor display flag, 40 meters long– whose beginning was proudly waving high but at the end it sunk deep in the ground in a pool of blood. That flag in a way summed up the exhibition.
And an Anti-War manifesto-flag, in which the text is embedded in English and Hebrew. The flag was placed in a glass box. (see below)
Unfortunately and strangely enough the Anti-War manifesto-flag, was stolen from the exhibition.
נוהגים לומר “עם עלות השחר רואים את היום כולו״, וכך אני כותבת הפעם על תערוכת הסיום שלי בקולג׳ ריבנסבורן בלונדון, 1978, תערוכה אשר משקפת במידה רבה את עבודתי עד היום. נושא תערוכת הסיום היה – “אנטי מלחמה”, שכלל סוגים שונים של עבודות – ציורים, פסל, הדפסי משי, עבודה גדולה מחוץ לכותלי הקולג׳ ומניפסט כתוב כעבודת אמנות – בעברית ואנגלית. כבר בשנה השנייה בקולג ‘התעקשתי להכין סרט קצר (2 דקות) שקשור .”Manna” (מחפש מנהיג)
למדתי שלאורך השנים אני בוחרת את החומרים לעבודותי בהתאמה לאופי הנושא, ומשתדלת לא “להיצמד” לצורת אמנות אחת
העבודות בתערוכה כללו – פסל מיריעות ברזל גדולות, בגובה 2 מטר, שהיו כסמל לצוללת – סמל נשק המלחמה. פסל הצוללת בצורתו הסמלית-מינימליסטית נבחר מכמה סיבות: אלה היו השנים בהן סופקו טילים בליסטיים “פולאריס”, מערכות נשק גרעיניות לצוללות. כמו גם, באותה עת היו הפגנות וצעדות רבות בלונדון ובאנגליה נגד טילי ה״פולריס״. ובנוסף, ברמה האישית, בעלי היה אחד מ- 69 נעדרי הצוללת דקר, שנעלמה בים התיכון במהלך המלחמה הקרה.
הנושא המרכזי של התערוכה היה “הדגל״ הדגל הוצג בצורות רבות – דגל פיברגלס, חסר צבע וללא זהות לאומית, שהתנופף על פסל הצוללת המינימליסטית ציור של פטריוט נושא בגאווה דגל לאומי, ובהיותו כה להוט, הדגל מכסה גם את עיניו דגל שהתנוסס מחוץ לכותלי הקולג׳, באורך 40 מטר, שבתחילתו מתנפנף גבוה בגאווה אך בסופו שקוע באדמה רווייה בדם דגל-מניפסט אנטי מלחמתי, בו מוטבע טקסט באנגלית ובעברית. הדגל הונח בתוך קופסת זכוכית (בתמונה למעלה)
באופן מפתיע ומאכזב דגל-המניפסט האנטי מלחמתי נגנב מקופסת הזכוכית
Computers is one of a collection of sculptures I created, called “The Hand of Coincidence”. It consist of 25 individual pieces, each encapsulating a different social and political issue. 2014-2018. Computers is like the ‘beauty queen’ of the project.😊
Computers consists our lives – private, public, academic, business, and government networks, all are in one way or another – global, but deals about us, of us – the citizens of the world. And WE, or precisely most of us, cannot see our lives without Computers – The Global Beauty Queen.
Our life is transformed via the Computers. All the information resources and services are passing on in the computer channels, means that The World Wide Web (WWW), consist of all our global electronic mail, telephones, and file sharing. Bulks of our information is stored on the computers & on clouds.
As the net grows bigger and bigger, we feel in some ways, smaller and smaller.
It took me months until a wooden cube in an abandoned yard “caught” my eye and joined the team of “The Hand of Coincidence” – to become the Computer sculpture.
Political Assassination, a sculpture that speaks for itself. In many countries Political Assassination changed history.
In Israel, after the assassination of Prim Minister Izchak Rabin, the country changed with no recognition.
I created a collection of sculptures called “The Hand of Coincidence”, consisting of 25 individual pieces of art, each encapsulating a different social and political issue. 2014-2018. Political Assassination is one of the sculptures in the project.
Asymmetrical deserted wooden cubs found in junkyard draw my attention. That was the begging of a fantastic journey of Social and Political ideas that took forms in wood, metal and paint over 4 years.
It took me over 6 months to work on this small cube. I found a cube that had like bullet holes. And that was the trigger! Slowly the cube became the idea. The transformation was completed with lots and lots of layers of paint… and tears.
On one side of the scene – there are bullet holes, blood and tears. Like in real life. On the other side of the scene, sadly, there were some that celebrated.
And the people on the roofs, the crowd, like lost sheep, led by the powers that created and executed ideas that led to the assassination.
The Prime Minister of Israel – Izchak Rabin, was murdered on the 4th of November 1995.
Andthe country of Israel changed with no recognition.…
Every year, on January 25th, we try to find solace on the anniversary date of the disappearance of the Israeli submarine, the Dakar. The submarine was lost, literally and figuratively, in 1968, along with her crew of 69 sailors. The years pass, but the memory of them, our loved ones, remains in our hearts forever.
The mystery of what happened to the Dakar can’t be described better than with these words : Lost by the the Hand of Coincidence.
In 2017, I created the “DAKAR” sculpture, as one of a collection of sculptures called “The Hand of Coincidence”, consisting of 25 individual pieces of art, each encapsulating a different social and political issue. 2014-2018.
I created one specific piece to honor the Dakar Submarine.
My husband, First Sergeant Dan Manor, was one of the lost crew members.
Each year, we remember the loss of the Dakar, our missing submarine
in 2018, the 50th anniversary of the disappearance of the Dakar, each family received a special medal in remembrance of their loved one.
The Medal was designed by Nurit Manor in honor of the crew and her late husband.
A rare and complete film (16 mm) of the Dakar submarine and crew, departing from Portsmouth Port, England, on January 9, 1968.
No sound. (restored 2021).
Authentic last photos of the Dakar crew on its men.