Wrinkles in Stone – art project
After stumbling on an internet site showing the stoning to death of Iranian women, I felt impelled to paint and give them an identity on the murder weapon. At execution the women's faces are covered by a veil, they are presented as an object without a face or personality, dehumanized, buried up to the neck in sand.
My women may look you straight in the eye, lower their gaze, smile, pray, cry out, be silent. We see their facial features, wrinkled faces, wrinkled materials, every detail meticulously rendered in opposition to the careless brutality of their death.
In opposition to the laws of oppression of women in a society that can bring women to their knees; in opposition to a lack of freedom in dress, education, work, art, communication; in opposition to the institution and justice system, I paint detail, where they see none.
This collection of portraits on stone was first exhibited in a Feminist Art Conference in the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2014.
The supreme Court curator chose it as part of a unique human rights project, exhibited in the court that year and inaugurated by the president, Judge Asher Grunis.
The stones then travelled to the Israel police head-quarters in Jerusalem and the police academy.