Talia Goldsmith

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'Art for me is stepping into the unknown.Sometimes the materials leads me, trying to dictate, and sometimes I am the leader. It’s like a dance that creates something out of nothing. When the work sings to me I know it’s done.'


Talia Goldsmith was born in Israel and studied art at the Kalisher school of Art. She came to South Africa in 1984 and grew up with this country. She has an inner fascination with found materials and their use influenced by her roots (Yemen) and her life in South Africa. Talia infuses her work with unusual and unique combinations of recycled materials. The organic forms, texture, weaving, stitching, manipulating and human labour are influenced by her roots as well as by South Africa as she finds many similarities between the two countries. She always says " Roots are the Essence.” Her work is a story that bridges between material, religion, culture and history. Her focus as an artist is to comment on the human condition through means and metaphors of interrogating the human form, language, spirituality and music. Talia's work forms part of collections in South Africa, Israel, Canada and New York. She has had solo exhibitions as well as group exhibitions. Most recently, Talia's work has been submitted to Dak' Art Biennale 2016.


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