I was born in London, of Israeli & Persian origin. I believe my background impacts on my style and choice of imagery, particularly when it comes to finding the exotic in the ordinary. One of the most recent manifestations of this is my ongoing street photography project on Persian Kentish Town. People often mistake my photographs for paintings. I studied art history in the UK and Venice and until my mid 20s I used to paint. I have recently taken up painting again, but for over 30 years lens-based art has been my primary means of visual expression. The centrality of photography to my life is constant; when I was young, along with corresponding through letter writing, it was the way in which we maintained connection with grandparents and cousins abroad. A cherisher and guardian of family photographs, my take on this connection is explored in the Ancestry Project.
I’m a firm believer in finding beauty in the everyday. I always carry some form of camera with me; for me image making is not a special event but integral to daily life, hence my interest in visual journals.
Stylistically I see my work as abstract compositions relating to street photography, still life, documentary and nature, often imbued with ambiguity, surrealism and illusion. Interests that inform my work include themes of identity, fashion, transience, signs, and the iconography of popular culture. I taught art history and film studies for many years and these aspects of visual culture are also an influence. I often use found imagery as a basis for creating new work. I think my love of Pop Art has also been influential as a mode of practice – utilising and re-representing found imagery.
My passions along with photography, painting and visual culture include languages, singing, dancing and rhythm. I’ve recently produced a celebratory photographic project documenting 10 years of The London Lucumi Choir which I have sung with since early 2007. In my drawing and painting I also try to manifest energy and rhythm into the colour and line. Some of my recent artwork can be seen here.
Portrait and group or event commissions form an important part of my work and I am happy to discuss your requirements.
Exhibitions, multi-disciplinary collaborations and publications include:
London Fringe Photography Group Show. Short-listed for the London Fringe Photography Award, 2010
Solo show at the Phoenix Cinema, 2012
Solo show at Bar Italia, Soho, 2013
Group show Uncertain States/2014, Bank Gallery, 2014
Visuals & Music co-composed and performed with Namvula Rennie for Ellen Southern’s Trans-Formations, 2012
Invited by Oxford Brookes University as a guest artist to participate in the Banlieue Network project, Greater Paris, summer 2013. Touring Exhibition at Oxford Brookes University and Echomusée de la Goutte d’Or, Paris, 2014 in conjunction with the publication of the book Voices and Images from the Banlieue // Voix et Images de la Banlieue (eds. Carpenter & Horvath)
My series on gender and expression The Frown Project featured in Uncertain States Issue 18, 2014
Featured in women’s street photography blogzine Women in Street, 2016
Featured in Lensculture Street Photography Awards Competition Gallery, 2017