Ayala Ophir at “Unplanned Cut-outs…” Paper-Cutting Exhibition, Sep 2012

Ayala Ophir at “Unplanned Cut-outs…” Paper-Cutting Exhibition, Sep 2012


The Czestochowa Museum
goes back more than 100 years. 2005 marked its
100th anniversary. The period following WWII
is most specifically remembered as a period
of its exceptional development. The museum has multiple
departments such as – Archeology, Ethnography,
Art and Environment. – Polish and Jewish
papercuttings, particularly in
the 19th century and early in
the 20th century, existed here concurrently. Both of these, boast exquisite aesthetic
and decorative qualities, which go way
beyond their content. The idea of exhibiting
them in juxtaposition, in our exhibition, seemed to us like
an interesting idea. Thanks to Professor
Mrs. Goldberg, we made contact with
a number of Israeli artists who sent us some
of their work. – This is already
the fifth contest for folk art
that we have organized, and the third that
we are dedicating to a specific medium only. This is the first time we focused
on one particular technique, namely – papercuts, and on artists from
two different cultural regions. This is especially important, because
art of this kind – papercutting – is currently vibrant
in both cultures, both in Polish culture,
as well as in the Jewish one. It is ever developing, and for this reason, for future contests, we wished to draw attention
to this important field. – There are
fascinating pieces, set out in an
intriguing way. This exhibition has attracted many
visitors from Czestochowa. One can easily notice
the excellent works on display here, like the ones behind me, created by a Jewish female artist. – Ayala’s work is of
particular interest to us – They fit nicely into
the Jewish papercutting style, in their traditional interpretation, notwithstanding, the artist took
a very modern approach, we can find elements
containing deep symbolism, which can be understood by deciphering the
artist’s intentions. But more than anything else,
they are simply beautiful, and were made
with the utmost sensitivity, and bear significant
artistic traits. We fell in love with
them at first sight and for this reason
we chose one of them to appear on the cover
of the exhibition catalog as well as on the
promotional material – pamphlets, posters, invitations. Technique and composition
are clearly visible, as is the style of decoration. They also contain original elements, which are quite surprising. And so with the greatest pleasure
we have put them on display here, and I do hope
that some day, in future, and maybe
even the near future, we will be able to
organize for this artist a solo exhibition
in our museum.

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