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Avital Cnaani

Cnaani’s etchings are created in a method that echoes her sculptural practice. She collects used etching plates that accumulated a history of previous use, and manually cuts them into raw and organic shapes. This action shares similarities with her sculptural practice, where she hand-cuts and tears sheets of Formica, wood, and paper. The blue image that takes shape on the wall forms an underwater landscape where massive amorphous shapes oscillate between sinking and floating. They bring to mind sunken rocks, heavy body organs, or huge marine animals, like whales that were pulled out of the sea and abandoned on the shore. With that they formulate a physical and existential state that wavers between the living and the inanimate or between life and death.

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