SARA SHIRA CUTLER
Sara Shira Cutler, who immigrated to Israel from London in the early 2000s, creates large and highly expressive oil paintings which are materially lush, filled with brushstrokes and painterly gestures. They have been described by Israeli art historian Gideon Ofrat as paintings embracing the depths of the Israeli local collective existence.
Sara paints by layering overlapping brushstrokes on the canvas, and the human figures she depicts are blended with an explosive energy, producing human chaos that ranges between desire and violence, between imagination and reality. At times the figures seem to engage in a fight, others are caught in an embrace, and all of them generate swirls of movement, emotion, and vitality, which reflect her charged encounter with the Israeli existence. These large-scale paintings feature multiple figures, which represent an aggressive, turbulent and conflicted internal or external reality.