Dazed, feverish and isolated: the works of Arlene Amaler-Raviv give audiences a glimpse of both personal and global transience. With a career spanning over forty years and numerous countries, Amaler-Raviv has created her visual texts with a stream-of-consciousness fervour, perfectly encapsulating the loneliness, alienation and upheaval that are omnipresent in our contemporary society.
Observing a painting created by the inimitable Arlene Amaler-Raviv is like a ghost shifting through a dream: neither the observer nor the observed seems particularly corporeal. The images she has obsessively created, doctored, scrapped, re-birthed, altered and finally exhibited are an imaginarium of raw humanity distilled into a central theme: impermanence. Throughout her storied career that has taken her from Johannesburg to Israel to Berlin and back again, Amaler-Raviv has been intrigued with exploring the transience of states of being on a personal level (leaving homes, losing loved ones, having children, bitter divorces, etc.) and on a global level (uprisings, wars, economic recessions, civil unrest, etc.) To Amaler-Raviv, these changes can be observed on a meta level in her art: paintings that have been completely painted over, re-worked, smudged and laid bare by the distance that each canvas has travelled through the world with her, themselves living in dislocation to better convey her themes.