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Dalia Rubin
about me
Art and me

Art has chosen me, and since childhood has became my way of life. Artistic expressions accompanied every period in
my life: jewelry, drawing and painting. The main sources for creation are images and visions that flash in front of my
eyes for a fraction of a second, especially awakening from sleep, but most are not absorbed in my memory and I fail
to record them all. If only I had a "dream camera" to document them…

The same curiosity that characterized the little girl I used to be is still with me today, and it tasting the world,
touching, feeling, smelling, and listening to its sounds. But most of the work is done by my eyes. Most of the
elements in my work come from ceaseless observation – usually unconscious – of the world around me: from planets
and landscapes to people, leaves, crystals or sand grains. These elements find their way to the material as subjects or
textures. To a great extent I am a "serial" creator, and use these themes again and again, while applying different
translations, interpretations or techniques. I work while listening to music and singing along, or while talking to other
people. This enables me to divert my attention from the work itself and allows a sub conscious flow unhindered by
logic thought. This flow dictates my work, and in fact – my body is just a tool it uses to materialize.

My art is very basic, somewhat naive, perhaps primitive: no academic processing of symbols, measured
compositions, nor an attempt to convey a verbal message through visual means. What you see is what there is. I
myself don't always know "what did the artist mean", and often find myself looking at my own work, surprised to
find in it things I was not aware of. Thus, for example, my "ancient connections" series of paintings: first came the
paintings and only later came the understanding that they establish a dialogue with ancient cave painters, through time,
one painter to another.

When blank canvases and flat metal sheets seek content – it's time to work. In many cases I am guided by a sketch I
made from one of the images I mentioned earlier, but often I get to work on a particular element without knowing
how the rest of the work will look like, only to find later the appropriate image which I create around that element.
Usually I sign a painting or a jewel when I am generally satisfied, even if there is still finishing and refining work to be
done.

A painting is a two dimensional medium, often used to express three dimensional images – especially in realistic
paintings. I too used it in such a way for a long time. However, it often happens that I prefer to use this medium to
create depthless two dimensional expressions. What might look as a contradiction – but not in my eyes – is my strong
attraction to materials with different textures such as sand, fibers, modeling gels and construction materials that allow
people not only to see my paintings: they can – and even encouraged to – touch them, too. This is my way to share
my inner world with others. It is evident that engaging in jewelry affected paintings. It often happens that elements I
use in jewelry find their way into my paintings, not to mention my strong attraction to metallic tints and textures.



The creative process

People who define themselves as "artists" must provide solid proof for their creativity which may be a novel, a poem,
a paining or a sculpture, but the secret behind creativity is Creative Thinking. Creative Thinking is a mental tool that
we all own, though not all of us are aware of it or know how to use it. Creative Thinking is a tool that helps us
improve ourselves, provides a fresh look on situations in life and aids us in solving problems. Improving that tool can
take the form of not only an artistic creation but also the form of healthy life in both body and soul. It is never too late
to be creative. Each of us, no matter how intelligent, can learn how to use this tool and teach others, adults and
children, how to benefit from creativity.



The language of Art

I often claim that science and art are two sides of the same coin, even though they use very different languages –
Science uses the language of mathematics and art uses the language of the senses: vision through colors and shapes,
touch through textures, hearing through sounds, ect.. Both science and art require a unique observation of the
universe, though the outcome is very different. Nevertheless, there's a very significant difference between science
and art: various scientists will observe the universe and often reach the same conclusion using mathematical
calculations, but various artists will each create a completely different expression which is influenced by their own
interpretation. This interpretation is in fact the artistic creation, which derives from both outer world and the inner
world of the artist. I believe that this duality finds its expression in my work, too.



Anything goes...

When I first started painting I believed that paint is all that was needed to make a painting. For many years I thought
that adding any other material to a painting is wrong, and a proof of the painters lack of artistic skills. Now, many
years later, I find that my artistic language benefits from the wide choice of materials – in both painting and jewelry.
In addition to paint, metals and gems I use in my work many others, such as constructing materials, sand, pebbles,
paper, ink, modeling pastes and more – anything goes...
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