Exhibition: 10.10.2017 – 30.10.2017
“Daphne” – Ruthi Helbitz Cohen – solo show
LOCATION: Israeli Cultural Institute, Paulay Ede u. 1VI. Budapest/ Hungary
Ruthi Helbitz-Cohen’s solo show at ICI titled ‘Daphne’ invites the spectator to enter the shadow of the soul. It is the first show of the Israeli artist in Hungary. The artist’s imagery connects narratives and symbols based on moral fables, biblical stories from the Old and New Testaments, and Greek mythology but derived also from the worlds of black magic and witchcraft, inspired by ancient folktales, exotic cultures and psychic landscapes.
Her works are realized often in site-specific installations through sheets of tracing paper, scotch tape, fabric softener, paint, ink and other substances, creating a “mixed media”, Referring to Daphne, described as a nymph in an anecdote of a Greek myth, who pleaded her father, the river god Ladon transformed her into a laurel tree spontaneously as the end of result of the escape from Olympian god Apollo’s eternal courtship. The circulation of longing and escaping as forms of human love is crystallized in this myth as this evergreen elegy ended up in Daphne’s metamorphose and Apollo’s lapse of majesty. Helbitz-Cohen’s imagery involve the spectator into an ambivalent emotional landscape where symbolistic images and figures reminiscent of human’s emotions in all senses – killing and reviving each other as well as all of substances in this world disappear and emerge dazzlingly in every moment. They touch on human innocence, youth, motherhood, as well as its loss, and the anxiety it causes.
In addition to the numerous museum exhibits in Israel, Ruthi Helbitz-Cohen was invited to show her work in Germany, Netherlands, France, Denmark, Greece, China, and the USA. Alongside the artistic work in her studio, Ruthi teaches art in both the Beit Berl Arts College and the Oranim College.