Points of Departure
Curator: Ergas Yemima
31 Aug — 12 October, 2013
In this exhibition Anne Sassoon brings her studio into the gallery, starting with references which serve as points of departure.
A diverse collection of photographs from local and Jewish history, film stills, stencils taken from Jerusalem street art – like the Rorschach blot, they kickstart her imagination. All are chosen intuitively to answer an inner need.
There is an ambiguous narrative in Sassoon’s paintings. An expression of displacement and detachment, in both a cultural and geographical sense – even loneliness, characterize the figures which populate them. Hence, “Points of Departure” may also refer to feelings of shift and change that are concealed in her work.
The figures seem to be on the move or at a turning point. Some are leaving or drifting in boats, others are left behind, some seem stranded…
In its own unique way, it appears that Sassoon’s oeuvre reveals her upbringing in apartheidSouth Africa.
The strong sense of movement in the painting language emphasizes its content. This is achieved by a fast “touch and go” brush stroke, evidently the result of a process of search and discovery. Anne Sassoon’s work is essentially intuitive – a journey into the unknown.
Anne Sassoon was born in U.K, and grew up inSouth Africa, where she became an artist. She has lived and worked inJohannesburg,Londonand theU.S.Since moving toIsraelin 1997, she has exhibited inLondon,Cape Town,Johannesburg,Berlin,New YorkandJerusalem. This is her first solo show at The Artists House.