Art as an act of non violence, a call for beauty , the face of compassion

Art an act of non-violence, a call for Beauty and the vital need of Compassion

Dorit Kedar

Jaime Hayon now in The Design Museum, Holon. Ylona Aron and Magda Watts, The Water Tower Gallery, Givatayim, Israel


This article is dedicated to our readers in India, who understand more than anyone the primacy of non-violence, the meaning of Beauty and the Life force needed to surmount difficulties.


Jaime Hayon – An act of non-violence

The Spanish designer and artist is now exhibiting in the Design Museum, Holon his multi-disciplinary ” Funtastico”…In fact there is fun, sophistication, art history, mythology , design and the Spanish subtle traditional black humor. Juan Miro, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Antoni Gaudi are a visual source of inspiration, due to the richness of their knowledge and inventive inter-linking. Their creative mind grasps the world as an inter-connecting and interminable flux of sights and events. Zoology, botanic, architecture, multi-cultural symbolism, cosmology and shamanic inspiration form the vivid material dealt with by the conscious, sub conscious and sur-natural mind-soul-spirit.Hayon refers to a specific war, as a symbol of all wars, resembling a chess game, in which black and white figures are activated on black and white squares by an invisible player…The romantic notion of landscape has turned to mechanized repetitive animals standing still among miserable cacti, captivated by small pots. Paradise is crowded by ferocious crocodiles, sharks and giant dark butterflies roaming in all directions. Chinese tea tables have grown to monstrous size and fine traditional ceramics, symbolizing refinement, now produce grotesque figures, miming the popular film making, generally based on cultural clichés.  Virtuosity and humor produce Goyesque (Francisco Goya) delusions of mass production.


Ylona Aharon – a call for Beauty.

Ilona Aharon has been a prima ballerina in her youth, dancing for The Royal Ballet in London. But the hard discipline of a classical ballerina might have been too harsh for this unquiet and turbulent soul. As an artist, she actually never stopped dancing, reproducing rhythmic, repetitive movements in her works, never giving up the esthetics of choreography. Aharon observes the complexity of body language, adornments, lighting system, attire and accessories. She has infused all these aspects into her hectic enigmatic works. The curator, Irit Levin, has combined the artwork with her private, incredibly variant accessories collection, inviting the viewers to enjoy the affluent colors, textures, forms of items, intended to gratify the basic feminine instinct, yearning to beautify the outer appearance.


Magda Watts – the need for Compassion

Magda is the creator, manufacturer and decorator of her hand made black theater scenes. Thus she functions as a carpenter, designer, goldsmith and chief director of intriguing mute dolls, immediately prompting a reaction of unease and non-wellness. A survivor of the Holocaust hell, Magda has succeeded to overcome physical and psychological degradation, finally reaching the Promised Land, a country then sunk in war, death threat and deprivation. In her case, the vividness of Spirit and the élan of Soul – were indispensable healing tools to continue a meaningful life, starting a family and a stray animal’s shelter. The art and puppets reveal the intriguing combination of distress and Livelihood.




About Dr. Dorit Kedar

Forced to continuously change nations, cultures and schooling - I had to develop a wider sense of communication, a way of thinking-feeling-behaving which stresses the common denominators. The need to adapt new landscapes and land-souls has taught instinctive means to overcome separatism, prejudices, dogmatic beliefs and suspicions. While looking for the common gathering denominators, I have also increased the ability of perception and individuation. Being constantly in estranged places has triggered psychological processes to turn the unfamiliar into familiar. As an art critic in the Israeli press, a curator, a writer - have always dealt with the otherness, the different and the infinite variety of the Existent. My Book of Peace is the result.
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