Ariela Wertheimer – a multidisciplinary artist: Ariela was born in Israel in 1957.
Lives and works in Israel and has been drawing and photographing for the past 30 years.
1981: Studied sculpture at the Arts Center, Be'er-Sheva /
1990-1: Studied painting at the Culture Center, Nahariya /
1991: Group exhibition at Beit-Rassel, Nahariya /
1992-5: Studied painting at Oranim Collage, Kiryat Tivon /
1995: Group exhibition, artist house, Haifa / Design Sculpture garden, Kfar Vradim / 1996: Blue, Red, Yellow, Beit-Hagefen, Haifa / 2016: The freedom to let go, Farkash Gallery, Tel Aviv / 2017:
The freedom to let go, Palazzo Mora, Venice /
2019: Skin in PERSONAL STRUCTURES, Palazzo mora, Venice / 2019: The London Group Open: Exhibitors Announced, The Cello Factory, London /
2020: Recovery Plan, Schechter Gallery, Tel Aviv
Rambam Hospital, Haifa. Ichilov Hospital, Tel Aviv.
The Yitzhak Rabin Center, Tel Aviv.
Leora Pina collection
Ofer Krezner collection
Judy and Avi Tiomkin collection
In my work I interpret life processes, fleeting thoughts, and vulnerabilities; I seek to mediate my weaknesses, difficulties, hesitations, struggles, and fears through photography, painting, video
and readymade, wax and light boxes, resin, and tubs of color.
My source of inspiration is my life story and my historical and cultural environment: translate the neon lights of the big city into light boxes, graphically edited billboards transform into photography and digital prints, and the underside of boats into huge abstract and colorful paintings that resemble aerial photographs or perhaps a skin disease. In my first works, I focused on gender equality, social, and gender-based constraints. In recent years I started creating a series of light boxes on the story of The Other: female history, history of immigration, stories that focus on cultural conflicts, traumas, triumph, and empowerment. The works and stories are transformed and become cultural and political, like in the series Skin, now on display in Venice. It was inspired by the MeToo movement as well as the recovery process of fishing boats at a shipping yard in Jaffa – a Jewish-Arabic city in Israel. These two processes are intertwined - my 'skin' with the 'skin' of the boat - until it is no longer possible to tell them apart.