She Demon
Curator: Dana Tannhauser
Art Cube Artists' Studios

2021

From the curatorial text:

Noa Rich’s work comprises two worlds of content—the world of the female body and the world of the utilitarian object. Noa fuses the two realms into a single non-hierarchic domain of the body-object. The objects are a direct extension of the body and its organs, and conversely, the body serves the object and the object serves the body, while together, they have no real function.

 

The series of figurines at the center of the exhibition form a kind of capsule of the rest of the works on display. Their miniature size alludes to their being a scale model for a larger event, but also, they contain the potential for the surrounding sculptural situations. Their cultural context as ritual objects with a mystical bond marks the exhibition and the objects in it as an arena of ceremonial potential.

 

Noa uses the simplest and most basic materials in her work. Likewise, the handwriting and processing of the materials is simple and exposed; cardboard, fabric, screws, cotton and iron threads converge in actions of tying, wrapping and gluing. Using visible handwriting and exposed materiality, Noa presents images of the body, sexuality, organs and fluids as a kind of inner language that spells itself out in repetitive action and simple craft.

 

The act of repetition and replication transforms the body and its parts into an icon, model or simple repetitive form. At the same time, the body parts that appear in the exhibition are not general but have a specific character that undermines their iconicity and gives them a personal character, as well as their own special body and sexuality that subvert the idea of ​​a uniform and iconic body.

 

The works in the exhibition invite their use in different ways: some have a certain movement that beckons the viewer to move and change them, others are complex or refer to familiar and everyday utilitarian objects, and others embody the possibility of ceremonial and ritual use. At the same time, the works are in a state of frozen motion—they contain movement, energy and action, but exist in a kind of internal loop, of cyclical and repetitive movement in which there is no progress.

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