Written by: Baha H. Danesh
If you find yourself in Los Angeles between now and December 20th 2015, I sincerely hope you can experience the lush, deep imagery of Sarah Horwitz’s inside the American Jewish University.
She is one of 39 artists in 7,567mi, Los Angeles to Jerusalem, presented by the Jewish Artists Initiative (JAI) of Southern California, which is part of the 2nd Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art.
This year, the international Biennale is hosting exhibitions in Jerusalem, New York, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, and Los Angeles located at the Borstein Galleries, inside the American Jewish University. This free exhibit is open Sundays though Thursdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm and on Fridays from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
Sarah Horwitz’s work explores universal themes of matter and spirit related to compelling social, political, and environmental challenges within the world today. Her lush oil on wood paintings depict earth, air, fire, and water as liminal sites of perception. Abstraction combined with representation creates an impossible place between physical and spiritual planes, navigating between dream and consciousness, physicality, and spirituality.
Horwitz’s paintings present a dichotomy between optimism and danger – within the individual and society as a whole. “Rimon” (Pomegranate) simultaneously portrays violence and unrest while embracing hope, as the seeds of redemption are spread throughout the world. Exploding in mid-air like a grenade against turbulent water and sky is a blood red pomegranate, which can be sweet or sour and is widely cultivated in the Middle East for its nutritional and healing properties.
The We Choose Art team was thrilled to have a chance to chat with Horwitz about her artistic adventures and her reason for choosing art.
How does being an artist impact your life on the daily basis?
It keeps me on my toes in terms of noticing visual cues and considering how different elements might find their way into my painting language.
If you could collaborate with another living or dead artist who would it be?
If this also includes traveling back in time to see the interiors, objects, people, landscapes and medieval city of Delft in the Netherlands: Johannes Vermeer.
And lastly why do you choose art?
I experience creating art as the greatest challenge for my way of being in the world — by layering and distilling ideas to create images that speak to the interrelationship between materiality and spirituality.
For more information about Horwitz and Jewish Artists initiative please click the following links.