Anatoly Kaplan: The Enchanted Artist

Raya Bruckenthal

August 01, 2023

Yehoash 8, Raya Bruckenthal, Lithograph, 15*20 cm, 2023

Twekkelo, Enschede Netherlands, Raya Bruckenthal, Lithograph, 15*20 cm, 2023

Print 1: “Yehoash 8”
This is a lithography based on a family photograph of my childhood home: the house I grew up and lived in, in Tel Aviv, the city I had to leave almost 12 years ago. The house is still there, and my parents and brother still live in it. This is the first in a series of future works that will be dedicated to leaving the habitat and its belonging to a place – a city or town under examination. The engravings of Rogachov, Kaplan’s hometown, caught my attention. The house I used to live in is about to be demolished and I try to prepare beforehand and document it.

Print 2: “Twekkelo, Enschede, The Netherlands”
The second print is of a rural house. My father was born here, in a very small town on the border between the Netherlands and Germany. I visited it this year for the first time. The house is unchanged: it seems clean, very neutral, like a model house. The sketch gives it an air of an illustrated house, a generic image of a house in a small town, not personal as we might expect.
In a similar manner to my house, the town around it was not erased, the houses are still standing. 

Raya Bruckenthal (b. 1975)
Artist and Professor of Art. Grew up in Tel Aviv, lives and works in Jerusalem.
Holds a degree (cum laude) from the department of art of the Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem. Raya’s work encourages an open conversation about the nature of belief with a personal material interpretation of cultural and religious phenomena and have been exhibited in museums and galleries in Israel and around the world. Winner of the Ministry of Culture and Sports Prize for Young Artists, 2012.

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