Silvia Zimerman

Tell us about yourself.

I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At the age of 18, I moved to Israel. I chose to live a 20 years career as a CPA and turn to the art of glass creation. I’ve learned different glass techniques each of them emphasizes a different facet of the beauty and mystery of glass. I’ve learned Kiln Casting Glass, Fused Glass, Pate de Verre, Folding Glass in different countries such as Scotland, Italy, France, The United States, Turkey. I participated in several group exhibitions. The most important was The Glass Biennale in the Eretz Israel Museum in 2007,2011 2015. The International Glass Biennale in Bulgaria 2020. In the Supreme Cort of Justice in Jerusalem 2018. Recently in the online exhibition “Hands Across the World” organized by the Contemporary Glass Society. I have my first solo exhibition at the Hankin Gallery in Holon. In 2003 I set up my own Glass studio where I work and teach students the different glass techniques and convey to them my love for glass.

What draws you to the material you work with?

In my art I like to capture the beauty of the glass. Different techniques allow me to express different ideas. I am interested in creating works that call the audience to be excited and touched. The play of light and color, the complexity of the material and the challenge involved in creating something soft and caressing from a material so sharp and cold as glass, enchanted me. My inner and surrounding world are express in my work. Yet I find it important to let the glass speak for itself and display its powerful presence. Is always a story to tell, and I choose glass to be my speaker. 

What themes do you pursue in your work, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?

My work “El Taller” is an homage to my father. He was a Tailor and passed away very young. I reconstruct his tailor workshop, that we used to call it El Taller, in glass. I have a strong and beautiful memory of his workshop, flashbacks of him seating and sewing, surrounding by fabrics, I transferred that memory into glass. I’m now continue this memory and play with fabrics, trying to give the glass the qualities, softness and movement of fabric. Most of my work are about fabric. For me, creating things connected with my childhood around my father is a way to keep him with me.

Why are you a member of GAS?

GAS is the perfect Comunity to share and be inspiring by other artists and Glass lovers.

 

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