Last updated October 18th 2016
Noa Yafe is a Tel Aviv based artist who studied photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and received her BFA from HaMidrasha School of Art. Yafe continues to develop her wall-dioramas; sculptures which derive from photography and continue the medium’s dynamic by complicating the relationship between two-dimensionality and three-dimensionality with the viewer.
In these works, the artist dissolves a three-dimensional object into a two-dimensional image, only to then reappear. It is a movement that is instigated by distance and observation, where viewers are engaged using both the body and eye.
One finds this back-and-forth movement not only in the fluctuation between different image-making languages (the sculptural and the photographic) but also in the oscillation between various meanings and connotations.
For example, Noa Yafe’s last solo exhibition at Raw Art Gallery, The Shadow, carried a range of connotations—political, formalistic, and symbolic. The Shadow relates to lighting and perspective, while also conjuring subjects of mystery and suspicion. It points to a division between good and bad, and ultimately to ideology.
A shadow indicates an inseparable companion, both a following gaze coming from the outside and an echo one finds of him/herself in their dark reflection. Yafe’s work embody these concepts in theory and practice, eventually leading viewers to dissolve the distinctions between the self and the other.