"Nurit Avesar uses paintings on paper as the foundations and physical bases of her palimpsestic mixed media compositions, mapping the psychical terrain of the past-present continuum. The layers of quasi-geological fragments come together like a distressed mosaic. It seems like what memory itself must look like." - Shana Nys Dambrot

Artist Statement

This body of work is about the process of applying and juxtaposing fragments of paintings in order to merge them into new and coherent images. The resulting, surprising visuals combine the arbitrary with the intentional, as well as creating fluid images out of fragments.

I start the work with a large painting on paper, which I paste onto a canvas. I sand the surface of the painting, tear and remove the areas that have not completely adhered to the canvas. This creates a new image composed of distressed fragments of the original painting. I then proceed to manipulate the images in order to create new ones. I often collage rust, graphite, fabric and paper, as well as paint, in order to create the finished pieces.

The final images are combinations of faded, ghostly images of the distressed initial layers and the bolder, brighter ones that were added on top. Those intriguing and complex surfaces convey vulnerability along with dynamism. Manipulating and destroying finished paintings in order to create new ones, invokes the reexamination of cultural legacies and historical events and their weight on the present.