In the Shade of Time (Betzel haZman)


“I would prefer to claim with Pissarro that the art of painting, for those who know how to use their eyes, resides in an apple on the corner of a table. What could be more stupid than painting an apple! And yet to make of such a simple fact something that will be elevated to beauty, painting will have to engage all of its means; it will have to be solid, flexible, and rich in substance, suggestive too, so suggestive that it will have the luxury, the grandeur of revealing man’s presence in the apple — the apple surrounded with an atmosphere of thought.” From “To Myself,” Odilon Redon

In the Shade of Time was painted over a period of several months, tracking the gradual changes undergone by a red onion . The close, continuous observation and interaction built up a deep relationship to this organic object, in whose changing shape I began to see symbols and shadows of my own experiences and fears. A personal  twist on the medieval tradition of imbuing objects with symbolic significance.