Michal Helfman
“Four Portraits from Lockdown Ladies”
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Lot Details

oil pastels on paper (four sheets), unframed
each sheet: 27 1/2 x 20 in. (70 x 50 cm.)
Year: 2020
Extra Info:

Signed in pencil, verso

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

Seller: Michal Helfman and Sommer Contemporary, Zurich & Tel Aviv.

During lockdown, Israeli multi-media artist Michal Helfman found herself deeply longing for her closest girlfriends. In an effort to bring them closer, the artist recreated their likeness in a series of drawings, which she titled 'Lockdown Ladies.' By using her bare hands on each sheet of paper, Helfman was able to 'touch' each friend and bring to life a physical surrogate in her likeness. Each woman is depicted with an everyday domestic object as a way of not only being presented in her natural environment, but also to further emphasize the intimacy that accompanies casual indoors interactions with loved ones. By choosing to use oil pastel, a medium Helfman labels as 'rebellious', each mark on the paper is permanent and cannot be erased, lending permanence and confidence to the artist's relationship with each woman.

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