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Mika Hadar’s art and spectacular photographs are inspired by the emphasis on the passing moment of the Impressionist Movement and by the Lyrical Abstraction Movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Hadar takes inspiration from Claude Monet, the genius impressionist and his many ways of perceiving the passing moment. The London-based artist also draws inspiration from Alfred Sisley and his in-depth explorations of the color white and Mark Rothko and his unique color spaces aimed at the human soul.
Hadar expresses herself through photography, using it as a tool to focus the mind on a moment of observation and attention, forming an intimate connection between her and the photographed. Her work is not a record but a personal expression of a moment.
“To stop for a moment, look, breathe, internalize, sharpen the image -to take a picture,” Hadar says.
“I surrender to the moment –the devotion of heart, eye, and soul, without expectations or intentions. The river of time is ripe, flowing, and surprising. A moment, and no more,” she continues.
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The photographs take place outside, in the open air. Nature is the source of inspiration for the experience beyond what is visible, the search for the mystery that resonates with feelings of yearning and longing. Her works combine effects of light and reflections to convey a sense of instability, temporality and change. Hadar plays with the colors, the textures and the intermediate tones between dark and light.
“Sometimes I like to photograph in black and white, add a tone or two to the photographs and experience the multitude of shades in between. Such use of color and form creates surprise and encourages renewed observation. I look for plays of light and shadow and the space within and between visible things,” the artist explains.
Hadar focuses on subjects and works in series: flower photographs, play of light and shadow, night photographs, water-sea, reflections, trees, sky, and more.
Her works are printed on various materials that convey to the viewer the sensuality of the material in dialogue with the sensuality of the photographed object.
“I long for the secret hidden in everything, in which the unknown kisses the seam of awareness,” Hader explains
“That moment is revealed in a ray of light, a sound, a color, a flower… Where the heart skips a beat and connects.”
The exhibition is a connection to moments and an attempt to convey them to the viewer.
Mika Hadar is an artist, poet and teacher who lives in London. She teaches, observes and photographs around the world. Hadar studied literature and philosophy in Jerusalem and teaches pottery and photography in the Harrow School of Art in London and painting in the Academia De Belle Arti Verona.
Her last solo exhibition was held in 2021 in Omved Gallery in the north London neighborhood of Highgate.
Hadal ‘s poetry book “In The Seam” was published in 2016, and her next poetry book “The Third Watch” will be published in 2023 by the same publisher, Iton 77.
Hadal’s personal journey: “During my life, I went through several car accidents with serious injuries… I was told that I would not be able to walk anymore.”
Dedicating years to learning about and searching for the human recovery potential, today Hadar is walking and jogging.
Along with her work in art, Hadar teaches yoga, Alexander technique, and meditation worldwide.
“My artistic creation is a deep, spontaneous and unconscious path in which I communicate with myself, and my work in the fields of body-mind is a way for conscious presence. I am grateful that these two rivers flow in my world, connecting and enriching me.”
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