One to Watch: Noa Charuvi

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IMG_1155Born in Jerusalem, Israel, Noa Charuvi received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and a BFA from the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem. Her artwork has been featured in many group shows in New York and Israel, including the Bronx Museum, and she was awarded participation in Art Omi International Artists Residency in 2012.

War and conflict are her main subjects; she paints abstracted and ruined houses in Gaza, which come to signify the struggle between Israel and Palestine. Her compositions, with their strong brushstrokes and bold blocks of color, are at first indistinct, before the subject of each painting comes into focus. Noa’s painterly description of bombed or bulldozed houses becomes a visual representation of the horrifying events that can take place in war-torn nations.

 

IMG_1103A glimpse into Noa’s studio. 

What are the major themes you pursue in your work?
The major themes in my work are inspired by my place of origin, my current environment, and how the two converge in the process of painting from observation.

As Ms. Naomi Lev–who recently curated my show in Brooklyn–wrote in our press release, I grew up in Israel, and through my art I reflect upon the complex situation in that region. I also reflect upon the moral responsibility that I carry as both a citizen and an artist. I use images from the news where there is an attempt to create an objective standpoint, and then I share my subjective stance through personal and empathetic brushstrokes and a deliberate emphasis on a seductive color palette.

In a new series of patterns taken from Tiles in Samarkand and Morocco, I combine views and aspects of my current urban environment with the ancient aesthetics of the area that I come from. Finding a connection between the two realities is part of the adaptation process, which brings together places, traditions, and cultures that can encompass the complexity of time.

IMG_1191The artist’s materials.  

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
My mentor and employer, Marilyn Minter, once said to me, “Regret is useless.”

IMG_1194The artist’s brushes. 

Prefer to work with music or in silence? 
It varies. When I do something very technical, I enjoy listening to the radio or podcasts, but when I am very focused I need silence. I find that music influences my painting a lot–sometimes I do welcome this influence, and sometimes I need to keep it out.

IMG_1114Noa’s sketchbook.  

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
That is a very tough question. I do own art by my colleagues, and I see so much art that I would love to own! If I could own anything at all I would love a work by Matisse.

IMG_1199All artist’s need some art books in their studio! 

Who are your favorite writers? 
I read all of John Irving’s books. Lately I’ve been really into Aleksandar Hemon and Jennifer Egan. In Hebrew, I love the Israeli authors Ronit Matalon, Yehudit Katzir, and David Grossman.

IMG_1106Another peek into Noa’s studio, with some artwork hanging on the wall. 

unnamed-3Art on exhibition  (Photo credit to Stan Narten).

unnamed-2Art on exhibition (Photo credit to Stan Narten). 

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8 Comments

  1. Penny Otwell says:

    I really like the pattern aspect of Noa’s work but mostly that she is telling a very important story. Made me think about myself as an artist, and how I could be more passionate about saving landscapes while painting them. I do avoid “pretty pictures” but perhaps I could lean a little further over a line.

    Thank you for sharing her work. Noa – you go girl!

    Penny Otwell

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  2. Missy pierce says:

    What an inspiration. I am going to post the blue painting in my studio this week. Fabulous!!!

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  3. Shehla Anjum says:

    I like this work for both its beauty and activism.

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  4. Shehla Anjum says:

    Wonderful work. Love the beauty and the message it seeks to convey.

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  5. Belarmino Bolito says:

    We can see the geographic context of your our life in your pictures, and this offers us a very good spirit of creation in our life, and beauty. Thanks, good girl of Jerusalem…and go on, please!

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  6. Bill Bodge says:

    Your more decorative works remind me of Philip Taaffe’s work. Who I believe lives in Morocco. Nice color!

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  7. Noa says:

    Thank you for the interesting comments and support!!

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