About the artist
Dr. Beth Erez, a mixed media artist, specializes in the integration and amalgamation of materials – often combining found objects and those invented in her imagination. She utilizes clay, wood, wax, metal, glass, shredded paper, epoxy resin and whatever is found in closets, on shelves and in her basement to create a series of complex transformative artworks containing elements of technology, nature, everyday objects and those reminiscent of childhood. Erez exams “the spirit" of the materials – constantly scrutinizing the boundaries between the real and the imaginary, from the rational to the metaphysical. Her creations reflect curiosity and sensitivity, testing boundaries, crafting an atmosphere of change – change in form, change over time, change in technology. In her photography, Erez takes inspiration from the patterns of natural forms and man-made elements exploring and experimenting with detail and color while analyzing the harmonies and disharmonies created thereby.
Erez is currently working on a dynamic, experiential mixed and multimedia installation entitled “The Sky is Falling”. Comprised of hoarded ready-made and found objects altered, combined and upcycled, her mixed media paintings and sculptures, videos, lyrics, songs and books raise socio-political questions about the state of the world today compared to the past, for the purpose of engendering a dialogue regarding the nature of man.
Erez recently worked with two additional founders and curators creating a charity auction and exhibition entitled “The Voice in Your Head”. As part of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, more than 130 polystyrene (Styrofoam) heads were distributed to artists, public figures, celebrities, and abused women living in special shelters all of whom designed these heads to creatively reflect their feelings and thoughts regarding violence against women. All proceeds from the charity auction were dedicated to finalizing the construction of a new shelter for abused women (approximately $5,000).
Erez was born in the US and moved to Israel in 1977. She holds a Ph.D. in Information Science and worked in fields of technology and strategy as the Deputy Director of a non-profit organization, as a Department Head at the Israeli Ministry of Communications, and later as Vice President of international hi-tech broadcast-technology companies in the fields of marketing and business development. She began sculpting in 2001 and, today, Erez is a fulltime professional artist. In addition, Erez had been the Chairman of the Association of Herzliya Artists (180 members) and of the Board of Directors of the Herzliya Municipal Art Gallery, voluntary elected positions from 2014-2016. She is also a member of the Israeli Professional Visual Arts Association since 2006, the major professional association of visual artists in Israel. Her works can be found in public and private collections worldwide including the United States, South Africa, Singapore, and Australia.
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