Briefly, I am a multi-disciplinary artist, who uses creative practices as research tools. My work has been exhibited internationally, including in China, Germany, and New York. Most recently, my film Sleepless Birds (2022), directed with Tom Claudon, premiered at Hot Docs in Toronto and won the Christian Berger Cinematography Award at Innsbruck Nature Film Festival. Work from “The Leftovers” was selected for the 2023 Larnaca Biennale.

Artistic research, that is the use of creative methods as tools, is my means to uncover a sense of self. I spend my time toying with boundaries, using artistic practice to work through sticky definitions. My projects engage with scientific and technological theories and the ways in which they change our idea of individuality. Whether in video or installation, borrowing from aquaculture or oenology, my projects toy with the boundaries that delineate beings.

I work guided by three principles: connection, evolution, and participation.

Connection means finding the bridge between ideas and materials that feel disparate. In my projects, whether examining bacterial systems, replicating telegraph networks, or playing with webs – bonds are at the forefront. My grandparents put it best when describing my projects with the Hebrew word “ksharim”, which means connections, relationships, and knots. One could say that connections themselves are what connect all my works.

Evolution means leaning into the principle of change, of life belonging to constant motion. My projects are ever-changing, and a single piece can find itself completely different the following year. As I change so does the work, and as the work changes so do I.

Participation means working with others during the various stages of creation. Art lives in interaction, rather than in a vacuum. The pieces are often made collaboratively – at times I work with people, at times with devices or organic material. A shared creative experience brings a richness to the projects and more color to life.

I would also consider all aspects of my work as parts of one body, including this website, which was made by me.

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