Dana Ariel


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I use photography, printmaking, video and drawing as ways of mark making, as techniques of capturing traces. My works stem from the need to understand conflicting definitions in my own identity and contradicting legacies I inherited within a political and historical context. Photography and 'the print' functions in my works as a replacement for language, as the unspeakable and as events I could not witness. While my works do not deal directly with my personal biography, tension, mutual dependence, opposing forces and plasticity all figure in them through my treatment of matter. Influenced by states of crisis and 'split-identities' I approach dualism as a method of witnessing, of storytelling and as reflections of mark making. Through this examination I question the structures shared by cultural and natural formations, tracing evidence of a split or a gap in the landscape of revisited sites of memory.



 
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