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79No mans land

Moran Kliger *1981, Tel Aviv, Israel. Lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel

My body of work is based mostly on figurative and narrative drawings, and consists of series created in different techniques, including engraving on painted paper, pyrography on plywood, ink on paper, silkscreen and more. The works engage with the tension between the domesticated element and the wild and dark element within the human psyche. Through the use of motifs associated with raw nature and fantastical elements, I try to explore the relationship between these two contradictory components in the definition of the human.

In my works, man and nature are intertwined, feeding off of and growing from one another. With these themes I wish to examine social and cultural situations that bring to the fore questions concerning identity and the loss of identity, body, gender, memory, defiance, and fantasies of freedom.

Using techniques that rely on meticulous, obsessive work, I try to capture the gaze of the viewer; like a flirtatious attempt to make him linger in front of the work, take a long look at it, and step into the “world” that it offers. The works are created in manual, painstaking, and sometimes even regimented labor that gives shape to issues that touch on urges and desires, serving as a visual analogy for the human tension between the wild and the cultured, between control and lack of control, attraction and repulsion, beauty and abjection

One part out of series of drawings depicting various human-ape hybrids, creating a world that is seemingly familiar yet extremely strange. It remains unclear who or what these ape-people are – are they a previous stage in human evolution or rather, the next one; what is their natural habitat; what do they feel, or think. They defy any and all definition, yet they create a sense of familiarity and compassion through their all too human expressions, hand gestures and sitting positions.

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