Suly B. Wolff
Suly Bornstein Wolff is a multi-disciplinary artist that lives and works in Tel Aviv.
In her artworks she deals with the presence of nature in the urban space along the complex relationship between humans and nature.
Wolff grew up in Brazil and came to Israel as a young woman. While attempting to accommodate herself to a new place, a new language, and a new culture, she was intrigued by a certain species of trees which seemed alien to the local landscape - the tropical palm trees and eucalyptus, species that had been imported and incorporated into the local landscape. The palm trees were originally intended to decorate and enrich the gardens of Tel Aviv nestled between the Bauhaus buildings. The Bauhaus juxtaposed with the palm trees (a very common juxtaposition in Tel Aviv) create a beautiful combination that echoes the foreign aspects of the two, both imported to Israel for the purpose of creating the landscape.
The palm tree and the eucalyptus have a mythical presence in our culture. The palm trees are an important symbol both in Judaism and in Christianity, while the eucalyptus trees were used in the beginning of the Israeli settlement to dry swamps and prevent malaria. They both, in a certain way, represent the human perception of nature as a function, while articulating the tension between the local and the global that is inherent to the Israeli art world, and is surfacing worldwide, in our now rapidly globalizing world.
Her works focus on the exploration of the urban nature, a nature that has in some ways lost its connection to its immanent organic characteristics through man's manipulation. Wolff's artworks echo the alienation of humans from nature, one that is highly linked to the urbanization of our society.
As a multidisciplinary artist, she paints and sculpts, and creates objects that she merges into installations. Wolff usually uses recycled materials, including plastic bags, old paintings, deflated balloons and more. These are reincarnated in Wolff's art, to create diverse concepts of beauty, patterns, aesthetics, and crafts. Wolff changes her techniques and materials constantly, atoning always to her own sense of self and experiences, while enhancing feminine creation, strength and spirituality.
Wolff's works have a dual existence: on one hand they manifest reductive formal structures and colors, and on the other hand they represent conceptual metaphors regarding the human existence.
Suly Bornstein Wolff has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions in Israel, Italy, USA, India and more.