LandEscape Art Review - Page 69

Tal Amitai-Lavi LandE scape CONTEMPORARY ART REVIEW I personally don’t think it can, we have all lived different lives and all had different experiences. No one person will have experienced the same life. I think it can be disconnected from a direct experience, but subconsciously all of our experiences influence the creative process. All of my projects have originated from an experience; it could be a conversation or something I have walked past in the street. These experiences trigger thoughts, ideas and help me to inspire a project. While you have once highlighte the importance of naming your works — for example in Minutes, the number corresponds to how many minutes the body has been in the cremator — sometimes your images rejects an explicit explanatory strategy: they seem to be the tip of the iceberg of what you are really attempting to communicate. How does representation and a tendency towards abstraction on a semantic level find their balance in your work? I don’t want the viewer to understand the work immediately. The viewer has to work for the answers, but the images aren’t abstract, they are all recognizable. I want the viewers to visually enjoy the work at first but then to start the secondary process of considering what they are looking at. I use a range of titles to communicate to nudge the viewers in the right direction. If the photographs are more visually loaded, I tend to give the work a slightly abstract title. In this two- 37