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Dafna Rehavia

There are life events that I find so provoking ,disturbing, heart breaking and dehumanizing that I have to respond and critically raise my visual voice in hope that it will bring awareness and make some changes in people minds and activism.  The political issues are often personal or become personal issues that create much pain and rage.

My work is informed by a critical, feminist multiculturalism and deals with survival, identity and healing. I am concerned with the artistic themes of presence and absence, visible and invisible, recognition and erasure that relate to human experiences. Visually I touch upon the fine line that divide, combined or touch these opposites themes, the meeting seem.  I am interested in the form as complementary to its content and vise versa.

The materials I work with once combined in various juxtapositions are, for me, embodied with a complementary or conflicting cultural and psychological value and content. I have used and combined objects such as menstrual pads, earth, passports, dried garlic, nails, prayer rugs, gas masks, hair, soap, prayer books and other printed r written text. I use materials such as clay, plaster, resin, cardboard, paper and various fabrics. As a mixed media artists  I make  collage, assemblage, fiber art and installation. Within my art the juxtaposition of materials creates a dialogue of oppositions in the materials and ideas and expresses questions about existence.

Dafna Rehavia Education:

BFA & BED , Fine Arts. Beit Berl, Hamidrasha. Israel   

MA CAT  Art Therapy, Drexel   University, Philadelphia, USA

PhD  Therapeutic Arts, Psychology & Cultural Studies. Derby University, UK

Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh.


RELATIONSHIPS -  Mixed Media Sculpture, Framhous, Jssk                Gallery,  PSA Guild, Pittsburgh, PA US - 2016

CUTTING I - Mixed Media Fiber , AGORA Gallery, Chelsea                   International , New York City, NY  - 2015

TICKING TIME - Triptych assemblage, AAP Gild.  Pittsburgh                 Center for the Arts. ,Pittsburgh, PA, US 2006

KOSHER CRUSADE - Installation, Print Guild,   Pittsburgh                   Center for the Arts, PA US  2004