Born in the Netherlands and now living and working in Israel, Dutch paper artist Bianca Severijns uses her first-hand experiences as an immigrant in a new country to inspire her art work and the forthcoming exhibit The “Protective Blankets”.
Channeling motifs of displacement, migration and resettlement, she transforms the medium of paper into intricately layered artworks - forming an original and distinct language thousands of hand-torn paper threads into large, sculpted and abstract compositions. The exhibit presents three 'Protective Blankets' as objects that promise care, protection and warmth. We are welcomed into the world in a blanket and we leave it in blanket, and in our lifetime in between we all need it metaphorically and physically. Challenging the physical characteristics of paper, Severijns’ blankets are flexible and wearable, yet durable and strong.
An additional series will present vessels that appear at first glance to be perfect decorative objects. But a closer look reveals holes, splits, or cuts as representations of the imperfection, disharmony and complexity of the human existence. Also on display will be 16 reliefs of repetitive organic patterns. The bare minimalistic and abstract reliefs depict the spectacular appearance of nature through this fascinating medium of contemporary art.
Opens tonight and closes November 15, 2019.
Periscope – Design & Neo Craft Gallery, 176 Ben Yehuda St, Tel Aviv