סיכום סימפוזיון תל חי 2014

הסימפוזיון השנתי של אגודת אמני הקרמיקה והמכון לאומנויות בתל-חי, התקיים השנה בפעם ה- 18 ואירח 5 אמנים ביניהם 2 אורחים מחו"ל:

  • באדיבות קרן אאידה מארה"ב: האמן Sergei Isupov
  • באדיבות קרן רות קורמן מאנגליה: האמנית Tessa Wolfe Murray
  • האמנית הישראלית: רינה פלג
  • האמנים : אורן ארבל ומנל מורקוס

אנו מודים למשתתפים, לתורמים, למארגנים לעוזרים וכול אלה שתרמו להצלחתו.

Sergei Isupov – קליפ מהרצאה בבית בנימיני

תל חי 2014 – גלרית תמונות

Tessa Wolfe Murray – קליפ מהדגמת שריפת נסורת בבית בנימיני

קיבלנו 2 מכתבים מהאמנים האורחים ואנו שמחים לחלוק את תכנם עמכם:

Tessa Wolfe Murray

Dear Esti

What can I say? A massive Thank You for making my stay in Israel so wonderful!

I know it was your job to look after me during my stay, but you did so much more, sharing the history, culture and politics of your country, introducing me to lovely people, being a brilliant driver, taking me to special places to eat… and just being such good company!

I am glad I have seen Israel whilst on a working trip rather than a holiday. Meeting so many different people both in Tel Aviv – Jaffa and Tel Hai and being able to share a love of ceramics with them has been so special. I loved my peaceful day in Jaffa with Joella, and am glad we managed to visit Shamai’s studio, I think his work and experiments with fire are so interesting.

I found the Bet Benjamini Centre an oasis of creative tranquility and what lovely people, Marcelle and Sipi to have working with you!

I really feel so lucky to have been given this opportunity, Israel has really come to life for me through this trip and I don't think it will ever go a

With love and best wishes for the New Year

Tessa

Sergei Isupov

This past December, AIDA brought esteemed ceramic artist Sergei Isupov to Israel to lecture and perform demonstrations at Tel Hai College, Benyamini Ceramic Center in Tel Aviv and Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design in Jerusalem. Please enjoy this letter we just received from Sergei describing his experience in Israel

Dear AIDA Trustees

Thank you for the opportunity to see Israel with my own eyes not from TV or Radio. It was amazing to see what people have done in this country surrounded by desert, surrounded by challenges and of course, with the ongoing war going on around them. They have built such an impressive country. I kept feeling Déjà vu, so many people reminded me of the people I knew growing up in Kiev. Many that I now know are Jewish for Israel when I was young. I really wasn't aware of them being Jewish, they were friends and people I knew casually. In Israel, I kept feeling like I was meeting them and their descendants, it was all so familiar

With Aviva as my hostess, I enjoyed meeting so many wonderful people and sharing meals and good conversations. I always knew I would get a good breakfast, good lunch and good dinner. They were such generous people, mostly artists, students and their relatives

Each person has a story to tell. Each person came from a difficult time or place. I liked how they tell these stories and for me they are inspiring and possibly subject for my future narratives. Whether they were Polish or Russian background, their stories were similar, overcoming adversity, and about how they came to be in Israel

They took me to so many wonderful places. I was particularly moved by the scale and history of Jerusalem and it made me want to read more about it. Last week, I already went to the Library and got out a book on tape – Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore, I'd read it before but now having been there, I want to read it again. I listen while I work in my studio

I enjoyed my lectures, in Tel Aviv, at the new arts center for ceramics, the room was filled with independent artists and the exhibition gave me a chance to talk to the artists and see their work in person. And what a wonderful story about how it came to be, with the generosity of the couple who donated the funds and the work that the director has done to build it. In Jerusalem at the University, it was mostly students with lots of good questions and they gave me a tour of their facility. Really nice view, city on one side, desert on the other

At the symposium, I didn't know ahead of time what I wanted to make but I knew that other artists had been very productive so I went ahead and worked hard and fast to make three pieces. I usually work much slower but I wanted to give my all and knew the work I left behind would be important to artists in the future so I wanted to make sure it was good. I was inspired by this program and the history of those who came before me

The program was very well organized and every need of mine was met. Aviva does an amazing job of sharing the country, behind the scenes stories and introductions to artists. She is so generous with her time and you feel so secure with her behind your back. And, with her, I knew, I would be well fed. The food was great, so fresh, fruit, juice, vegetables and so much of it!

Right now I have a place on my world map that I've lost a fog, it is a vivid impression, I will always have a clear impression of Israel from personal experience. I'm not sure what it will bring to my work in the future but with so much history and stories that come from that part of the world, I will draw upon a clearer picture of the landscape and the people. In my work, I am always using what I learn from experiences to portray common, universal human relationships – I think this is what AIDA provided, an experience to know the real Israel through travel and direct artist to artist experiences

Thank you for this opportunity – and I look forward to sharing it with other artists and you and your other supporters the next time we see each other

Sergei Isupov
12-25-2014