Born in Germany, 1953; lives and works in Israel
Samsara, 2012, installation, horse hair and needles
Belle Shafir weaves together strands of horse hair to create delicate, linear objects – ethereal, material drawings. The act of crocheting creates small “insects” or “horses” that are affixed to the wall with needles; here and there, strands of hair or threads dangle from these creatures. These images, which are made to partake of a laboratory-like system, have replaced the natural materials – tree bark, fruit, earth and dry leaves – that appeared in Shafir’s early works.