Out of the relatively calm juxtaposition of images in Art History Lesson grew new paintings in which a much more chaotic meeting of images takes place, from diverse sources ranging from landscape to childhood memories, the Bible and art history, through the evening news. A double theme that simmers beneath and above the surface of these paintings is my life as mother to soldiers and daughter to an aging (now late) father.

I attempted to work on these paintings without a clearly defined composition or plan, without conscious understanding. Yet amidst the confusion lies the wish to tell a story, or more accurately stories, some of them bearing a ruptured, illogical, even violent turn – coexisting with a yearning for beauty, belonging and meaning.

Here are the first four of the ongoing series (to be updated as it progresses):

Ruth_Ben-Dov_Faith_and_Doubt

A Winter Painting of Faith and Doubt, 2016, oil on canvas, 71 X 149 cm (28 X 58.5”)

 

Ruth_Ben-Dov_Lost_and_Found

Lost and Found, 2015, oil on canvas, 120 X 180 cm (47 X 71”)

 

Ruth_Ben-Dov_Ki_Tetzeh

Ki Tetzeh (When you go out to war), 2015, oil on canvas, 100 X 145 cm (39 X 57”)

 

Ruth_Ben-Dov_Studio_Dreams

Studio Dreams, 2015, oil on canvas, 82 X 140 cm (32 X 55”)