“For the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.” – Francis Bacon
Alisa Sheinson is a multi-disciplinary designer who started at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, and has since created a large variety of design projects in Israel and abroad. She has introduced light as a three-dimensional instrument into each interior and visual design project.
In 2014, she began creating her extraordinary sculptures of light. The artist’s passion and love for light are part of her creative thinking. She conceived the first light fixture in 2014 when she moved to a new studio; it was contrived and designed with the need to illuminate a table that served as the room’s central sculpture. The rest is history.
In addition to her affection for the material substance, Alisa’s philosophical connection to the spiritual quality of light comes into play. Indeed, light also carries the double meaning associated with it on the content-related level. In Creation, it serves both as a worldly, material substance that is perceived sensually and as an invisible, sublime essence that brings forth revelation and imparts meaning.
“Light is the very spark of joy, bliss, love, and the unchangeable state of inner peace which awakens and challenges an entire world in me. In my work, I attempt to extract color and shadow from the light using the depths and folds of the shadow from an invisible or structured perspective and trap the light in time,” Alisa Sheinson says.
With her designs, Alisa strives to create a prism for looking at and understanding the phenomenon of light that functions both as a substance and as a reflection whose meaning shifts while we look at our surroundings.
The appearances of light brought forth by the artist’s works represent the symbolic as well as the physical light that is caught by the senses and allows room for the nature of the transition between them and for the story observers tell themselves when looking at her work. This contemplation empowers the timeless and non-material experience of light, which lends the artist’s works a magical and mystical preciousness.
At her current exhibition, Alisa Sheinson presents two collections: “Dance of Light” and “Living Nature”.
The three-dimensional collection “Dance of Light,” which was specially designed for this occasion, shows light fixtures in the form of amorphous receptacles dispersing artistic illumination, a pleasant light that fluctuates between exposure and nebulous concealment, between matte and shiny, the opaque and the transparent, as well as the static and the dynamic. “In my work, I froze fabric in motion while I wanted to introduce radiance into the fabric’s folds, as well as a beauty that’s not self-evident,” says Sheinson.
The collection “Living Nature” is the result of Alisa’s love for nature, for the sea, for the desert that sprouts dry vegetation and accumulations of stones – brought forth from the absolute anonymity they have in the eyes of the observer, blotted out by the light shed on them. The objects are three-dimensional casts from polymer materials and Perspex, combined with processed photographs that are accompanied by lighting.
“Living Nature” is a collection made of nature-inspired mixed media light art reflecting Alisa’s love for the elements.
Curator: Ilana Carmeli-Lehner
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