October 26, 2014 / 22:18
collaboration with Nirit Dekel
photos by Shachar Fleischmann
The symbol of the monkey has disturbed and inspired many artists since ancient times. In European culture, monkey was considered to be a symbol of sin, of deceit, of desire for luxury and idleness. In the ancient Mysteries, the monkey were a condition of the person before he got the spirit. In the East, however, the symbol of the monkey has often meant exactly the opposite. For example, in Indian mythology, the monkey Hanuman, endowed with an extraordinary mind, was a wise adviser of the Monkey Tribe King and a faithful servant of Rama. In China, the monkey cry embodies a deep despair, while in the Chinese horoscope monkey is a symbol of fantasy, as it is usually the fastest to adapt to changing circumstances. The Chinese see in monkey a sharp mind, a good memory and a sense of humor. However, the Chinese monkey has its drawbacks as well. These are: laziness, narcissism, excessive emotionality, stealth and deceit.
The joint artwork of Nirit Dekel and Lena Revenko combines within itself two different art mediums, glass and graphics. Lena Revenko often uses an image of a monkey in her art. It is used as a symbol of hidden passions, which are visible only to the observer. Nirit Dekel created a fragile sanctuary for these passions out of tiny abstract glass elements. The collaboration between creatures and small pieces of glass has formed a new reality. In the eyes of the observer, the glass pieces have been transformed from separated elements into the rain, rocks, and even frozen sound.
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