The dome of blue
is suspended from nothingness
When I close my eyes
– Miriam Chalfi, from “Bare Eyed”1
Blue sky (painting), suspension and leaning (sculpture), seeing and masking (poetry) – in the work of Miriam Chalfi (ca. 1917–2002) each field touches on another, and an enigmatic, unexpected element is inherent in all. “When I close my eyes/ I see,” she writes in her poem “Bare Eyed.” Chalfi’s work is one organic whole comprising antithetical worlds: the crude and the crystalline, being and non-being, consolation side by side with a gaping abyss; a precarious balance.