Yehudis Barmatz-Harris’s Artwork

August 11, 2014
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Yehudis Barmatz-Harris (b. 1985) born in Boston, Massachusetts, lives and works in Central Israel. She has a BFA in sculpture from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn (2008) and an Art Therapy certification from Seminar Hakibbutzim, Tel Aviv (2013), having practiced as art therapy intern in the Israeli communties for the past three years. Yehudis develops her own artwork and provides a range of private art lessons in her personal art space in her Moshav. She is currently reporting on Israeli artists primarily as contributor to Jewish Art Now, and is a member of the Jewish Art Salon.  

Yehudis Barmatz-Harris‘ personal working philosophy and approach to the arts in the community is a belief in the creative arts process as providing confidence, healing, soul searching and reflection. This philosophy is expressed in her own personal works.

“Like the Ram Pants by the Waters so my Soul Pants for You” A quote from Psalms on the soul’s yearning that drives us to “seek.”  Recycled Materials taken from tea lights and candle wax of Saturday night meals when our souls are seeking to replace the Sabbath soul with “something.”

“Forest of Bondage” Digital photograph of bronze-cast ropes and acrylic painting. The journey from deterioration to blossoming, the unconditional ties heavenward, do they keep us grounded and connected or do we feel stuck and burdened?

“Well of Miriam” The well, a kabbalistic symbol of femininity, of being a vessel which also receives and also gives, and also followed the Jewish people in their dessert journey, is an important personal symbol representing my personal spiritual journey inward, finding my own place and identity after marriage and into motherhood.

“Broken Well”  Taken from the concept of the broken vessels. The personal seeking of identity and place, though we may aspire for completion, unveils also where we are broken.  In seeking our broken imageries, we are also released. (Quote from Tehillim “The can broke and we escaped”)

“The Old Man with the Broad Shoulders” The image of the old man with the long beard, long and grey from age, and broad shoulders, shouldering the burdens of many souls, has accompanied me through many transitions and journeys as I seek to know myself and find the internal figure to shoulder me through my healing.

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